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Therapeutic Foster Care

Unique Therapeutic Foster Care Programs

What is Therapeutic Foster Care?

Therapeutic Foster Care is a treatment model that provides a structured home environment focusing on a child’s mental health and healthy skill building. This program is often used to aid children who will transition to a less intensive program before returning to a permanent home setting.

During your child’s time in the therapeutic foster care home, treatment parents will work to manage the behavioral and medical needs, while a child learns to self-regulate.

Providing LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapeutic Foster Homes

  • LGBTQ+ youth are over-represented in our foster care system. At Alexander Youth Network, we are working to grow the number of therapeutic foster homes to serve these youth.
  • Statistics About LGBTQ+ Youth in Foster Care:
    • 4 percent of youth in foster care identify as LGBTQ and 5 percent as transgender, compared to 11.2 percent and 1.17 percent of youth not in foster care.
    • LGBTQ youth turn to the streets to flee harmful home environments, 56 percent chose to live on the street, rather than in a foster care placement because they felt safer there.
    • Homeless LGBTQ youth are at greater risk; LGBTQ homeless youth are roughly 7.4 times more likely to suffer acts of sexual violence than heterosexual homeless youth.

Our Treatment
Approach

Alexander Youth Network partners with several agencies and uses evidence-based practices in the treatment of children in our therapeutic foster care homes. While in therapeutic foster homes, children are in a stable environment to receive treatment for their mental health problems, trauma-based behaviors, or severe emotional disturbances.

Foster care parents are trained in the Together Facing the Challenge and Pressley Ridge Model for Therapeutic Foster Care. All of our parents are fully licensed and trained to care for our children.

Collaborative Care with Families and Caregivers

Our approach is designed to create a partnership between families and Therapeutic Foster parents to promote healing for children. 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.

Locations: Alamance, Alexander, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cumberland, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Hamlet, Hoke, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rutherford, Scotland, Union, Wilkes

Ages: Primarily 10-15 years old

Length of Stay: An average of 6-9 months

Insurances:  Contact the Intake Department for insurance-related questions at Intake@aynkids.org or by calling (855) 362-8470.

Contact:  If you are a referral source or agency seeking Therapeutic Foster Care services, parent seeking TFC services, or you’d like to become a Therapeutic Foster Parent, please complete the form below.