Numerous children continue to enter the foster care system every day, each with a different background and unique situation. In an effort to provide the proper care and accommodations for the multitude of foster care children that need a caring and stable environment, there are various types of placements that can occur so that all individual needs are addressed. If you are new to the foster care system, becoming familiar with the different kinds of placements can be helpful in deciding which one(s) would best suit you and your family as foster parents.
Emergency foster care happens unexpectedly and on very short notice. Children removed from unsafe circumstances may need a place to stay for one night or for a few weeks, depending on the specific situation. Immediate relocation of a child may be due to something as extreme as abuse or as simple as a parent’s failure to follow court orders. Emergency foster families must always be prepared to provide food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities as soon as they are called upon as well as be able to handle the trauma a child experiences from suddenly being taken away from their parents.
Whether it’s because of a physical disability or behavioral problems, some children can be more challenging to care for than others, and respite foster placements offer birth, adoptive or other foster parents a break from the intensive nature of such responsibility. These short stays usually last a few hours, a weekend or from one to two weeks and assist in giving permanent guardians the support they need to continue caring for their children effectively.
Long-term foster care is needed when children are unable to return to their birth parents. This is a way of providing a more permanent home life for them until they reach adulthood without committing to an adoption. Oftentimes, older children in the foster care system prefer this type of placement rather than being adopted and will remain in touch with their birth family .
Foster placements that are deemed specialized involve children with medical conditions and require families or individuals that have been trained to properly handle their needs. These can be very ill, emotionally disturbed or behaviorally difficult children that demand hands-on, experienced and time-consuming care in a home that promotes love, discipline, and encouragement.
Foster families that take in parent and child combination placements are dedicated to teaching and guiding by example the appropriate way of parenting . This is usually a service provided as a resource for young parents to learn and develop parenting skills, keeping the family intact whenever possible.
Short-term placements happen with the intention that children will be returned to their birth parents within a shorter time frame or until other plans have been made for their future. They may need a temporary place to stay if their parents have a medical emergency of their own with no one else to turn to or during an investigation into the safety of their home.
Everyone who chooses to assist the foster care system in providing children with safe and secure home lives, no matter which type of placement they feel most comfortable with, is serving their community in one of the most important and rewarding ways possible.
This article was originally published at http://www.childrenfirstffa.com/types-of-shasta-county-foster-care-place... .
Mike Logan is the founder and CEO of Children First Foster Family Agency in northern California.