Shelter Care Law and Legal Definition

Shelter care refers to the temporary care that is given to a child in physically unrestricting facilities. It is given for a child in need of supervision.

Children who are given shelter care includes:

  • children whose parents are unable to give the child necessary supervision within a reasonable time; or
  • the juvenile who shows reluctance to return to home; or
  • children whose parent’s refuses to give the supervision or
  • children whose parent’s cannot be located within a reasonable time.