Emergency Fostering

What is EMERGENCY fostering?

Emergency Fostering is used for children who need a safe place to stay at short notice, Foster parents who are approved for these placements and have a vacancy have to be available to take children sometimes within an hour of being contacted by their Agency, which could be anytime, night or day.

Children need this type of placement usually because they might have been the victim of abuse and their family home has become unsafe.

There are occasions when children are placed due to wider family problems such as parents suffering from physical or mental health problems.

Emergency Foster Care is most often the most crucial type of care in the duty towards keeping a child safe from harm.

How long does a child stay?

Emergency Foster Care is very temporary, placements are usually for a night or two or until it’s safe to return home and usually after a long-term been arranged.

An immediate response from Social workers is to check if there are any other suitable family members who can look after the child in place of ‘care’. It’s not uncommon for placements to develop into longer term care if the child’s situation cannot be resolved in the short term.

Carer’s Payment.

An Emergency Foster Carer is paid for every night a child is in their care, along with any other funding that’s required to meet the child’s immediate needs such as for clothing or for special dietary needs.

The basic nightly payment averages £75 plus other Allowances.

Right For You?

You’ll need the same quality of skills and abilities as any other type of foster parent:

  • Highly flexible
  • Very patient
  •  Able to connect quickly with children. 

Emergency Fostering will best suit you if you can keep calm in sometimes, very stressful situations.

Foster Carer Vacancies

You can apply to be a Foster Carer in England, Scotland, Wales and NI. There are over 8,000 vacancies every year because of the growing need for foster placements and the loss of carers who retire or move on. If you are thinking of starting a new career working from home and have a passion for children’s safety and well being, Fostering could be for you

Eligibility Quiz

If you are unsure if you are eligible to Foster and you'd like to find out if you can apply, then please use our free Eligibility Quiz.

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