- Stays in community so school, sports, and friends can be maintained
- Lives in a home setting which improves success
- Receives individualized treatment
- Free training
- 24/7 support
- Daily check-ins
- $3,000 a month = $100/day stipend
- Treatment/therapy comes to your home
- Provides 6-9 month placement
- Welcomes one TFCO youth at a time
- Has foster parents who:
- Are team players
- Have a desire to mentor teens
- Can be encouraging & supportive
- Have a sense of humor
- Foster Care Coordinator
- Dedicated Family Therapist
- Individual Therapist for TFCO youth
- Skills Coach for TFCO youth
- Consulting Psychiatrist
Why Become a Teen Foster Parent?
There are plenty of good reasons (check some of them out here) but here’s a few to get you started.
Teens who have been removed from their homes due to Child Welfare issues, Juvenile Justice involvement, high acuity needs youth who are at risk of displacement, or teens in psychiatric hospitalization/residential step down, have have already lost so much trust. Oftentimes, they are also removed from their community – school, church, sports; losing all sense of consistency! TFCO keeps them within their existing community to increase their success and rate of healing, and to ensure an easier transition back upon completion of the placement.
A high need teen with behavioral problems will typically be treated in a group home or clinical setting – TFCO allows them to remain in a family, home setting and healing will be quicker and more successful in the long term.
Often times people say they could never foster a child because they would become “too attached”. We prefer to think of it like this: you hope your own child will grow up to leave the house someday, perhaps to go to college or off to work. You have close friends who have moved cities for new jobs or spouses. You don’t love them any less. In fact, you’re proud to have done your job in supporting them when they were close to you, and now when they’re far. You already know how to love and let go, and what these children need is someone to help them get to a point where they too can let go.
Parenting is hard, parenting a high needs child is harder BUT we are with you 100% of the way and the successes feel even greater. We provide extensive training before and during placement, we will be touching base every day – you will not need to reach out as we will already be there! We also bring all the treatment coaches and therapists to your house to support the child and you without the inconvenience of travel.