Therapeutic Foster Care
The Therapeutic Foster Care Program is designed to provide homes for children who have been diagnosed with a serious psychiatric disorder. These children range in age from 6 to 18 years old. Youth in this program are assigned a Therapeutic Foster Care Social Worker, to provide case management services and assist in providing stability in the foster home. The assigned social worker will visit with the child and foster parents regularly, both in the foster home and in the community. The social worker will also help the foster parent advocate for the child's needs to lead a successful life. Children placed in foster care can be a short or long term placement, to be discussed with FCA social worker as well as the DCF workers. Foster parents in this program receive training and support so they can actively participate in the planning and implementation of therapeutic interventions for their foster children. Monthly training and support groups are provided by FCA, including topics such as attachment, trauma, behavioral modification, cultural diversity, and mandated reporting.
Medically Complex Foster Care
The Medically Complex Foster Care Program provides homes for children with complex medical needs. This may include feeding tubes, chronic illnesses, or wheelchair bound children. Children in this program range from birth to 18 years old and are assigned a Specialized Foster Care Social Worker. This Social Worker will visit with the children and foster parents at least twice per month in the home. In addition to FCA's standard foster parent pre and post training, foster parents in this program must complete 20 hours of classroom and child-specific training prior to placement.
Children in this program may have one or more of the following physical conditions:
- Complications from premature birth or low birth weight
- Feeding difficulties
- Cardiac problems
- Physical injuries from abuse