Specialized Therapeutic Foster Care

Specialized Therapeutic Foster Care (STFC) is a program designed for children and adolescents who are identified to be in need of intense therapeutic services.  Children placed in specialized therapeutic foster care are victims of domestic violence, parental neglect, abuse and abandonment. Parental figures are not able to provide proper care for their children, thus resulting in their temporary or permanent removal from the home.  Placement in therapeutic foster care helps the child to learn to live in a healthy family environment and become an active member of the community. In addition, they are taught to develop a healthy attachment to their care givers and to trust and process emotional traumas.

CHI’s team of therapeutic foster parents are properly trained to handle severe behavioral outbursts and trauma, while helping the children process the emotional separation from their loved ones.

While in foster care the child receives in-home therapy once or twice a week.  Additionally, a therapist visits monthly to observe how the child interacts with the foster parents and others in the community.

Monthly sessions with a psychiatrist are a routine part of therapy.

The treatment team develops specific behavioral goals for the child. The foster parents are trained to implement the goals outlined in the treatment plan. All of CHI’s foster parents are licensed and trained to deal with children with emotional and behavioral problems.

The goal of STFC is to enable the child to be reunited with the natural family, for placement in a long-term foster home or adoption.

Children dealing with emotional and behavioral issues deserve a nurturing environment. For more information on this specialized program at CHI call 786-573-2876.

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