May 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Therapeutic Foster Care FAQs Part 2
Alexander Youth Network will help you make a difference in a child’s life.
Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) at Alexander Youth Network provides children with an opportunity to find stability in a home-like environment while transitioning through treatments for mental and behavioral health challenges. TFC parents are mentors, support systems, and they help make a positive impact on a child at Alexander. A member of the TFC team can help you learn more about TFC, assist in the application process, and walk you through the first night of placement with a child.
Need more information? Read our FAQs below.
Who can be a Therapeutic Foster parent?
Therapeutic foster parents must be at least 21 years old and meet specific requirements as a part of the North Carolina licensing process. If you are committed to being a positive influence and providing quality care, compassion, and love to a child at Alexander, you would be a great fit!
How old are the kids?
The average age of children in the TFC program at Alexander is around 10-14, however, a parent could be placed with a child or adolescent, ages 5 to 18. Typical placements last from 3 to 9 months, depending on the child’s person-centered treatment plan.
Is there a cost to be a TFC parent?
Alexander Youth Network provides a monthly stipend for TFC parents that are actively caring for a child in their home. This stipend is designed to cover general care and costs associated with caring for a child through the program. Occasionally, there are additional costs associated with taking care of a child, i.e. new clothes, non-Alexander doctor’s appointments, and activities. Alexander Children’s Foundation, the fundraising organization for Alexander Youth Network, may be able to provide additional assistance through the Foster Care Critical Needs and Pro-Social Activities funds.
What else should I know?
At Alexander, we believe that with the right therapy in the right amount at the right time, children can heal from past traumas. As a TFC parent, you will be responsible for transporting your child to therapy appointments, but your team at Alexander including Treatment Coach, foster or biological parents, and clinicians can serve as back up to provide additional support including medication management and respite when needed.
Therapeutic foster parents at Alexander express that fostering is personally rewarding – you could be the next step in a healing process that will result in a child fully reaching his or her potential.
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