What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC), also called HCTC, provides short term mental health intervention to children and youth between the ages of five and eighteen in the homes of specially trained providers. These children need structure, safety, and nurture within Christian homes to help them stabilize so that they can return to the community. After extensive foster parent training, the providers are professionally licensed to care for one or two children at a time in their homes. The foster care providers work directly with the child’s therapist to develop goals and objectives to be implemented in the home between therapy sessions.
How can I become a Therapeutic Foster Parent?
There is a need for Christian families to provide therapeutic foster services to children and youth ages five to eighteen.
- Must Love Children!
- Must pass background check and obtain a fingerprint clearance card.
- At least two years’ experience as a foster parent to adolescents or two years’ experience in adolescent mental health.
- One adult must be at home full-time.
- Able to work as part of a team.
- Excellent communication skills.
Who are the children in TFC?
Children come to TFC from a variety of sources. Some are in the custody of DCS while others come directly from their families who retain guardianship while the child is in care. The children all have a mental health diagnosis and have exhibited behaviors that make it difficult for them to remain in their current living situations. They all need structure and guidance within a nurturing home environment. Children range in age from five to eighteen years with most being between ten and seventeen.
Support and benefits for TFC providers:
- Professional level foster parent reimbursement for services provided
- Regular support from a CFC caseworker
- Regular foster parent training opportunities
- Monthly support meetings with other providers
- Crisis support for each child