After Hours Placements (AHPs) are exactly that! Placements that are made after office hours. Approximately 50% of our children come into care after the DFCS office closes at 5:00 pm and before they reopen at 9:00 am and when the office isn't open on the weekends.
I look at AHPs as kind of like inviting over my nieces and nephews to spend the night or spend the weekend with us. We rearrange children in different rooms, different beds and sometimes even have a big slumber party in the living room, watch movies and eat popcorn. We've taken many age groups and both boys and girls even though we have girls that are under the age of 8. We have found that sometimes taking an older child is better because older children have different needs than the younger ones.
AHP was the furthest from my mind when I first became a foster parent but I'm really glad that I became involved in taking AHPs. I feel I have been able to help children be at ease and help take care of them in this moment of craziness in their life and hopefully give them some normality. One of our foster girls asked me the other day when another child was going to come stay with us.
After Hours is looking for a home to temporarily place a child or sibling group. Sometimes it's just for the evening and sometimes it's for the weekend. The child(ren) can be brought to the DFCS office on Monday morning or next working day if needed. Intake workers are usually in the office between 8:30 and 9:00 am. If you have to be to work earlier than that, there is no other place at the current time to take the child(ren) so you may need to be a little late to work that morning. I truly believe that if you speak with your employer, they will be able to work with you