When a child is placed in a private child caring (PCC) residential, private child placing (PCP) foster placement, Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) foster placement, or emergency shelter placement, it is sometimes necessary for the placement provider or SSW to request a bed hold. A bed hold may be requested when a child is:
- Hospitalized; or
- AWOL (absent without leave).
The purpose of a bed hold is to ensure that a child can return to the same placement setting in order to promote attachment and continuity of care. Therefore, bed holds are only applicable if the child is returning to the same foster home or same program within a PCC residential facility. If it is not the intent for the child to return to the same placement of program, a bed hold request will not be approved. The only exception would be during the period of a two (2) week notice.