Every day children are detained by the Department of
Children and Family Services with the intent to find
appropriate and expedient placements at a group
home, foster home, with a relative or non-relative
caregiver. Unfortunately, this task often takes quite a
bit of time. As a result, many children spend several
days or weeks at the LA County Welcome Center
which was intended to house detained children for no
more than 24 hours.
EMERGENCY SHELTER CARE (ESC)
was created with the specific intent to place
detained infants, children and youth in temporary
foster homes for a period of 21 days, to: 1) get them
out of the welcome center and into a home, and, 2)
to allow more time to locate an appropriate
The ESC program pays the foster parent(s) a
stipend to hold a bed or beds for this specific
purpose, even when that bed is not being used.
Once the foster parent receives an ESC placement,
they continue to receive the stipend and also receive
the foster child compensation. They indicate the
number of children they’re willing to accept as well as
the age range that best fits their family. However, unlike
regular foster care, when they get the call for a
placement, they must accept it.
Contact us at (661) 272-4733
if you would like more
information on becoming a
Certified Emergency Shelter
Care provider!ed Emergency Shelter Care provider.