Temporary or Interim Care

Interim care refers to care arranged for children on a short-term, temporary basis. It can involve placement with relatives, foster carers or in residential care facilities such as interim care centres, shelters or drop-in centres, and generally involves a temporary solution for children who are in need of immediate care and protection, while longer-term care is identified.

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Mark E. Courtney, Erin J. Valentine, Melanie Skemer - Children and Youth Services Review,

The study reported here uses a random-assignment evaluation design to assess the impact of the YVLifeSet program on young adults transitioning to adulthood from the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in the state of Tennessee.

Anisa Mahmoudi & Tshegofatso Tracy Mothapo - Kids Empowerment ,

This report from Kids Empowerment reviews the reception of children on the move in South Africa.

Sophie T. Hébert, Tonino Esposito, Sonia Hélie - Children and Youth Services Review,

In the present study, the authors examined the effects of two types of initial short-term placements: emergency placements (lasting 1 to 5 days) and provisional placements (lasting 6 to 60 days) on the risks of re-entry into care in the four years following reunification.

Sophie T. Hébert, Sonia Hélie, Tonino Esposito - Child Abuse & Neglect,

The objective of the present study is to describe the context in which temporary placements are used by children’s services in Quebec (Canada) while analyzing the associative link between temporary placements and physical abuse as the reason for the placement.

Frank Van Holen, Laurence Belenger, Elke Carlier, Babette Potoms, Johan Vanderfaeillie - Children and Youth Services Review,

The present study is the first to examine reunification rates and characteristics associated with reunification decisions in Flemish short-term foster care.

Lauren A. Hindt, Grace Jhe Bai, Brynn M. Huguenel, Anne K. Fuller, Scott C. Leon - Child Maltreatment,

The present longitudinal study explored the impact of initial emergency shelter placement on long-term externalizing behavior (i.e., aggression, delinquency) and internalizing symptom (i.e., anxiety, depression) trajectories, and whether kinship involvement moderated the effect of shelter placement on behavioral outcomes.

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and Better Care Network,

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and Better Care Network are calling for the prompt reunification of separated children with their families and to provide interim care in accordance with the UN Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children.   

Anita Skårstad Storhaug, Bente Heggem Kojan & Grethe Fjellvikås - Child & Family Social Work,

This study explores Norwegian child welfare workers' perceptions of long‐term cases resulting in emergency placements.

Jacqueline Hope and Carlien van Wyk - Child Abuse Research in South Africa,

This study aims to develop a model for practice for implementing emergency child protection interventions with children at risk.

MacArthur Foundation,

In this video, Catholic Relief Services, Lumos, and Maestral International presented their project: Changing the Way We Care, a project aimed at ending the institutionalization of children.