May 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Therapeutic Foster Care FAQs Part 1
Interested in being a Therapeutic Foster parent at Alexander Youth Network?
At Alexander, we provide our Therapeutic Foster parents with tools to succeed including extensive training, treatment coaches for 24/7 support, and respite care when needed. Our therapeutic foster care recruiters are able to schedule individual meetings and training classes to help you through the process.
Learning more about therapeutic foster care is the first step in becoming a parent. The frequently asked questions below may help you decide if therapeutic foster parenting is right for you.
What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
Therapeutic Foster Care is a recommended treatment program for children learning to manage their mental and behavioral health challenges. Therapeutic foster care offers a structured and stabilizing home environment for children transitioning between other therapeutic treatment programs. TFC parents are trained to instill therapeutic techniques in their home and collaborate with biological parents, guardians, and clinicians to support healthy behaviors for each child.
What training is involved to be a therapeutic foster parent?
All therapeutic foster parents are paired with a recruiter and treatment coach to complete the application process prior to placement. Parents complete training in Together Facing The Challenge and The Pressley Ridge Model of Therapeutic Foster Care in addition to completing the North Carolina state license requirements for becoming a treatment parent.
What needs do children in the therapeutic foster care have?
Children who receive therapeutic foster care at Alexander are normal children who may have additional needs due to a mental or behavioral health diagnosis. The goal of treatment parents is to provide additional structure and a therapeutic home environment. Children or adolescents in Alexander’s therapeutic foster program have weekly therapy appointments and are receiving additional behavioral health support if needed.
What makes a good therapeutic foster parent?
A good therapeutic foster parent is anyone who is ready to be a mentor and leader to a child. We look for parents who are open, compassionate, patient, and willing to open their homes for a short time.
Learn more about the Therapeutic Foster Care program or reach out to a member of the TFC by completing an interest form today: Become a Foster Care Parent