Therapeutic Foster Care

The needs of children with behavioral challenges and/or developmental disabilities simply cannot be met effectively by traditional foster parenting. Tragically, the children we serve typically have lived through 15 to 30 unsuccessful foster placements by the time they come into our care.

More Than Traditional Foster Care

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.

Our Support Services

  • Foster Parent Classes (IMPACT)
  • Support Groups
  • Respite Care
  • 24/7 on-call support
  • Community Resources (tutoring, summer day camp & extracurricular activities)
  • Educational Advocacy
  • SOAR (individualized life skills and behavioral support)

Enhanced Home

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:

  • Planned Respite

    Families take children one or two weekends per month to give their regular foster parents a break.

  • Emergency Respite

    Relief during family emergencies. 

  • Crisis Respite

    A safe home for children who are homeless or experiencing a psychiatric event. 

  • Interim Respite

    Temporary placements for children transitioning out of their homes and into foster care. 

  • Adventure Respite

    2- or 5-day camping trips in a therapeutic outdoor setting run by specially trained staff collaborating with Creative Community Services.

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