Primarily, LifeSpan Family Services aids in placing children in temporary, long-term care provided by our resource families. Emergency Shelter is also offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as needed. If a child is in immediate need of a safe place to stay, LifeSpan Family Services can provide short-term placement with a foster family for up to 30 days, at which point we would suggest that the child be moved into our traditional foster care program. LifeSpan Family Services additionally provides short-term Respite Care in the event that a child needs periodic stays with a foster family during weekends, holidays, or other time periods. Respite Care guarantees that a child always has a safe, familiar place to stay where he or she has already established family relationships. Respite Care can also serve as a backup living arrangement in the event that a child needs to relocate. LifeSpan Family Services recommends that respite care be used when the demands of the care of a child has the potential to overwhelm the family and jeopardize the child's ability on a long-term basis to remain in his or her other non-respite placement.