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Types of Foster Care
What is Emergency Foster Care?
This is when a child comes into your home for a short time. Commonly, foster parents are given short notice (hours). Foster parents can be contacted with an emergency placement during the middle of the night or on weekends. Foster parents will get little to no information about these children. The children may also come to your house with nothing, other than the clothing on their backs.
What is Respite Care?
Respite care is when a child comes into your home for a few days. Commonly, the child goes to the same respite home when the foster parents need a break. At the Sheltering Tree | Child & Family Services each child will receive 2 days a month, and 2 emergency days a year of respite care. Respite care can improve the foster parent’s knowledge before they have a full-time placement.
What is Short Term Foster Care?
The child will be living in your home for a short period of time either, days, weeks, or months. They will be living in your house full-time and the length of time varies. Short-term placements can be due to different circumstances for the birth parents or a transitional period.
What is Long term Foster Care?
This is when the child is not able to return home to their birth parents. This child will stay in foster care until they are adopted or age out. Hopefully this child can stay in one home during this time.
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