The first stop for many youth entering foster care is often an emergency care setting — a shelter, emergency family foster care, or a receiving center. In some cases, emergency care is used when alternative care arrangements within a children’s extended family cannot be made. In other cases, it is routinely used as the point of entry into the foster care system.
The Role of Emergency Care as a Child Welfare Service (2005) is a qualitative study of emergency care, designed to achieve a better understanding of the use of emergency care services throughout the country and its impact on children.
This study was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.