Social Services - Children's Services

Child Placement and Respite Care Services

At times it becomes necessary for social services to intervene in families where circumstances require the placements of children.  Child placement is the last resort and is looked at only when children’s safety is at significant risk or in the case where a juvenile has exhibited criminal behavior and requires placement.

Placement options when necessary are based upon the least restrictive environment and options considered are as follows:  Relative placement, county foster homes, and therapeutic foster homes, group settings including group homes, shelters, and both correctional and therapeutic treatment facilities.

Respite care is offered on a limited basis to children with serious emotional disturbances and in situations where short term respite care may reduce the risk of maltreatment or the need for longer term foster placement.