The non-profit ChildHelp and the Arizona Department of Child Safety teamed up to open the Emergency Child Placement Center, which can house up to 30 children, ages 0-10, each night.
DCS Director Greg McKay says about 15 children a night end up sleeping in field offices. McKay says the facility is stop gap to an overwhelming problem, but he say the community needs to get behind a long-term solution. He says the state needs more foster families.
Children will stay at the facility for up to 23 hours, until being moved to a permanent placement.
Donations are still needed to complete the Children's Placement Center.
Monetary donations and gift certificates can be sent to the Childhelp National Headquarters located at 4350 E. Camelback Rd. Suite F250, Phoenix, AZ 85018, c/o Childhelp Emergency Placement Center Fund.