We carefully screen, train, and support therapeutic foster parents to help children progress from behavioral and emotional trauma and receive the most experienced care available. Our therapeutic foster parents work with our highly trained teams of family consultants, behavior specialists, in partnership with DFCS case managers, psychologists, therapists, and birth families to achieve permanency.
Children legally “age out” of foster care at the age of 21. They often struggle with mental health challenges, require medical assistance, are unable to hold down a full-time job, and have emotional and financial struggles. “Enhanced Homes”, an apartment – we cover the cost-with mentors instead of foster parents which will help youth that are “aging out” gain responsibility and independence.
Regular breaks from parenting are essential for CCS foster families. Children who are dual-diagnosed (with both developmental or cognitive delays and/or severe emotional disturbances from abuse or neglect) present special challenges, and respite is a critical ingredient for successful placements. We provide respite in 5 key ways:
Families take children one or two weekends per month to give their regular foster parents a break.
Relief during family emergencies.
A safe home for children who are homeless or experiencing a psychiatric event.
Temporary placements for children transitioning out of their homes and into foster care.
2- or 5-day camping trips in a therapeutic outdoor setting run by specially trained staff collaborating with Creative Community Services.