Alexander Youth Network provides comprehensive therapy solutions to the children in our care. Our Therapeutic Foster Care program is designed for children and adolescents who would benefit from a therapeutic in-home environment for treatment of their mental health problems, trauma-based behaviors, or severe emotional disturbances. This program offers children a structured home environment with a focus on therapeutic skill building and is often used to aid children who will transition to a less intensive program before returning to a permanent home setting.
Alexander, our approach is designed to create a partnership between families and therapeutic foster parents to promote healing for children. The therapeutic foster household is the primary treatment setting, providing comfort and relational support to children in need before they return to a permanent home. During their temporary stay at a therapeutic treatment homes, treatment parents manage their behavioral and medical needs while children learn to self-regulate, and are eventually able to re-integrate into community settings.
What type of training do TFC parents receive?
At Alexander, we partner with several agencies and use evidence-based practices in the treatment of children in our therapeutic foster care homes. Our parents are trained in the Together Facing the Challenge and Pressley Ridge Model for Therapeutic Foster Care. Both curriculums specialize in building competencies and skills for treatment parenting. All parents are fully licensed and trained to provide care to our children.
- All Treatment Parents in our program are carefully screened and trained by AYN, and licensed by the state to provide treatment in their home.
- Treatment parents receive training in the Pressley Ridge Model of Treatment Foster Care, a proven curriculum that specializes in building specific competencies and skills for treatment focused parenting.
- AYN’s matching process is intense and ensures an appropriate fit between the Treatment Parent and the home environment to best meet the needs of each child.
- Professional Treatment Coaches with small caseloads provide weekly in-home supervision and daily support to Treatment Parents and are available for 24/7 crisis assistance or consultation as needed.
How are children placed in therapeutic foster care?
Children in our therapeutic foster care program are placed with a family, 6 to 9 months on average. Each child is matched to a family on a 1 to 1 ratio, although children are occasionally matched with a family with another child in their home. Our regimented match process ensures an appropriate fit between the treatment parent and the home environment to best meet the needs of each child.
During this time, foster parents are responsible for clinical appointments, medication, and addition skill building while fostering a child. Through our comprehensive model of care, some children may be able to receive additional services while in a therapeutic home.
Our goal is to provide therapeutic foster parents and parents and/or guardians with the necessary tools and skills to ensure that a child adheres to their treatment plan and has a successful recovery. Together the child, family, foster parent, and coaches establish goals to focus on daily progress and skill building.
How can I learn more about becoming a foster parent?
Therapeutic Foster Care is Available in These Counties:
- Hope Mills
- Red Springs
- St. Pauls