For children and youth who’ve experienced traumatic events, a special kind of care is required to help them heal.
Today in Denver, many of these young people live in group homes or residential treatment facilities where they receive the behavioral support they need to stabilize from trauma. While this type of environment is helpful for many, research has shown that a secure, family-like environment coupled with clinical support and therapy also creates a positive pathway to healing and permanent placement.
Knowing each child has unique needs, the Therapeutic Foster Care program offers a different entry point to care that pairs high-needs youth with adults with the capability and understanding to foster them toward healing.
You can be the stepping stone a child needs along that journey.
Therapeutic foster care is a distinct, powerful, and unique model of care that combines a nurturing family environment with active therapy and treatment. Children with emotional, behavioral, and medical issues are treated with integrated services and key interventions from foster parents who are trained, supervised, and supported.
Therapeutic foster parents have access to 24/7 clinical support and meet with a dedicated clinician weekly to effectively deliver individualized treatment to each child. Monetary reimbursement is provided at a rate equivalent to the services provided.
While anyone who meets certain requirements (see below) can be a therapeutic foster parent, Denver is recruiting professionals who have acquired specialized skills and training throughout their careers. These individuals are ideal for providing a stable home for young people who are ready to transition from residential treatment to in-home placement. These professionals include:
As a therapeutic foster parent, you will use your skills in a new way by serving as a critical stepping stone for young people as they journey from past trauma toward permanent placements.
In order to be considered as a therapeutic foster care provider, the following criteria must be met:
Denver Human Services partnered with the Foster Care Coalition to develop the Therapeutic Foster Care pilot program in Colorado.
Together, with the help of other clinical partners, the Foster Care Coalition hopes to unite foster parents with training and support to heal children suffering from trauma. Our coalition support network includes:
Outside Denver: 720-913-1311
TTY Service: 720-913-8479