Typically, the children in TFC are experiencing a variety of emotional,
behavioral, and social problems due to some type of abuse and/or
neglect in their past. TFC children have been identified as needing more
professional support and treatment than they would be offered
in regular foster care, but do not need to be in the more restrictive
environment of a residential treatment facility or group home.
Many of these children have challenging behaviors and require
a high level of supervision.
Foster parents must be at least 25 years of age and have some degree of experience in working with children. It is important for foster parents to have a flexible
schedule so they can actively participate in all aspects of their treatment and supervision. Our children need foster parents to make a commitment until the goal of permanency is achieved.
Children usually do return home or are placed with a relative,
and foster parents must assist the professionals in working
toward that goal. Sometimes children cannot return to their family
and parental rights are terminated. When that happens, the foster
parents are usually given the first opportunity to adopt.
Foster parents are reimbursed for a child's room and board each month at a rate that is based upon the child's age. In addition, parents may be paid a monthly enhanced maintenance payment for the additional daily supervision requirements of the child. We also reimburse parents for some transportation to required meetings related to the child's care. The child's medical expenses are covered through Medicaid.
HOW DO I BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?