AMHC’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program provides therapeutic foster homes to children in need of out of home placements. This may be due to abuse and neglect issues, aggressiveness towards others, and/or medical problems.
It is AMHC’s mission to provide the children placed in our therapeutic foster care program with a safe, nurturing environment. Foster parents are trained to address the needs of the children placed in their home, as well as support the relationships that children have with their birth families. Birth families are viewed as an integral part of the treatment team, as they can provide useful information about their children. Therapeutic foster parents are also recognized as an important part in the treatment team. As such, the agency believes in supporting foster parents through respite, trainings, and supervision. Foster parents also work with other professionals to identify treatment needs and goals of the children placed in their care.
Therapeutic Foster Care Parent Responsibilities
Foster parents are expected to work as part of a treatment team and follow through on treatment recommendations, based on the individual needs of each child. They are responsible to provide consistent and realistic discipline and guidance that is age appropriate. Foster parents must have the ability to understand and show acceptance towards children’s birth families and commit to promote the reunification of families and permanency for children.