Treatment Foster Care
Treatment Foster Care is a unique approach to caring for children with severe emotional disturbance. These children flourish in a structured home environment. Children in Treatment Foster Care come from residential treatment centers, failed foster homes, or unsafe home environments.
Treatment foster parents are part of the treatment team. This team is comprised of the treatment coordinator, social worker, therapist, child’s attorney, and the biological parent(s), among others.
In addition to all of the requirements for Regular Foster Care, Treatment foster parents are required to have experience with SED children and receive extensive training in order to prepare the family to participate in the child’s treatment process and to transition the child into their permanent living arrangement. Training encompasses 40 hours of pre-service training with an additional 24 hours of continuing education annually.
Treatment foster parenting is a full-time job, however, Childhaven can work individually with each family to accommodate the needs of the child(ren) and the family’s work schedule.
Childhaven staff conducts background checks and home studies as part of the foster parent licensing process. Families, couples, and single adults can become foster parents.
Childhaven provides the initial and annual training to assist the foster parents in teaching the children new skills to cope with their traumatic experiences.
Read more about foster parenting here.