PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Each 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 is often lengthy. 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, in order to: 1) get them out of
the welcome center and into a home, and, 2) to allow
more time to locate an appropriate placement.
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.
EMERGENCY SHELTER CARE
“ Don't let this opportunity pass you by, make a difference in a child's life today"
Optimist Youth Homes
& Family Services
6957 N. Figueroa St. Box 41-1076 Los Angeles, CA 90041-1076
Telephone: (323) 443-3175
Thank You for all your support!