In some cases, the living arrangement is very temporary, lasting a few days or weeks. When social workers find another family member willing to care for the child, the youth may be removed from fostering. In other cases, the child remains in the foster system and waits for adoption. In either situation, change is involved so the foster caregiver helps to prepare the child.
To become an emergency foster parent, an adult should contact the local Department of Social Services. An application, interview, intensive training, and certification are required. When a child is placed for emergency short-term care, the certified caregiver will be contacted by a social worker.