Emergency foster care

Not all placements can be decided on in advance. Sometimes there is an emergency and a child needs care immediately. As an emergency foster carer you will provide a safe haven for a child who urgently needs somewhere to stay. You will need to be available during evenings and weekends to open your home to a child in need of your care.


Why should I consider emergency foster caring?

Children in need of emergency care can often be more vulnerable and in need of extra care and attention. By offering emergency foster care you will be offering a child a safe place away from anxiety and stress.

The care you will provide will be transitional as you continue to offer a child the safe and stable home they need while a more permanent placement can be decided.

Emergency foster care is a remarkable way to help children and young people. By opening your home, for however short a time, you could be making a small difference that goes a long way to ensuring their future happiness. You will look after many children, sometimes only for a week, others for longer, helping each one to get the stability and safety they need during what can be a difficult time. As each child is different you will gain hugely valuable experience along the way, as well as any training or support from us as we work closely by your side the whole time.

Carers are often on call and are paid a weekly retainer for this. Our financial support section provides more information.

Want to know more?


Inside your Fostering Guide...

  • Applying to be a foster carer
  • The different kinds of foster care
  • Support for our foster carers
  • Our training and development programmes
  • How fostering affects your finances

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