Each child has a story – help write the next chapter in their life
Children of all ages from newborn to 21 years land in the foster care system through no fault of their own. They come from all cultures and family structures, and each child has an emotional, personal story. Removed from their homes, separated from siblings and family members, foster youth are yearning for normalcy.
Most youth in Treatment Foster Care have experienced some level of trauma due to abuse, neglect and/or significant loss. Some are victims of sexual or physical abuse, and others have been neglected by a drug-addicted parent. LGBTQ youth in foster care have experienced rejection, abuse or abandonment because of their identity. There are countless reasons why so many children enter foster care. The good news is that the behaviors they bring tend to be a way of the youth’s natural mechanism for coping with past trauma, and with a team of support, these behaviors can be adjusted.
The elevated needs of children in Treatment Foster Care are met through a team of professionals and well trained foster parents. Foster youth receive the necessary mental health, medical and educational services to become more stable, adaptive and emotionally healthy. This means transparent communication with school staff, psychologists, counselors and case workers. You can expect a schedule of appointments that require transportation of your foster child.
Higher-level needs of youth need compassionate, therapeutic foster parents with enormous patience. Youth in Treatment Foster Care are often diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism, ADHD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a host of other labels. Our goal is to create positive change and erase the “damaged” labels from their lives.
Emotional problems in youth range from mild to severe. Our foster parents are well prepared through extensive training to parent kids at many need levels. It takes consistent parenting skills, supportive school staff and routine therapy to successfully parent youth with mental health disorders, behavioral issues and medical needs. Community Care Resources provides intensive case management, weekly home visits and bi-weekly school visits to support both parent and child.
We want you to be informed, comfortable and confident in your decision to open your heart and home to youth in Treatment Foster Care. We encourage you to call us so we can discuss with you the needs and behaviors of children that come into care and what situations and experiences you might expect to have in your home.