Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is the least restrictive alternative in out-of-home treatment care and the most inclusive option for youth with specialized needs, particularly behavioral health and/or medically complex issues. Placement in TFC allows the youth to experience a nurturing and healthy functioning family environment and to have positive community involvement while simultaneously receiving treatment and clinical services.
TFC is a clinically proven alternative to more restrictive out of home placement settings, incorporating the child care components of traditional foster care with active and intensive treatment interventions provided in a nurturing and supportive family setting.
The goal of TFC is to enable youth to address and overcome the issues that brought them into placement and to facilitate a successful transition from foster care to family reunification or some other type of permanent living situation, including adoption or independent living.
TFC focuses on the power of family. In a TFC setting, youth who have often suffered abuse and neglect, have the opportunity to share in healthy family relationships, to experience positive parenting, to learn and practice pro-social skills, and to productively participate in community life. Foster parents who provide TFC are specially trained to care for children experiencing complex emotional, behavioral, developmental, and/or medical issues. They are supported by SCYAP staff throughout a youth’s placement in their home.
Services, programming, and interventions provided through TFC are tailored to the age, developmental stage, diagnosis, and specific needs of each youth. In general, the following services come together to form inclusive and comprehensive programming for youth placed in TFC:
Pre-admission screening and evaluation and matching of a youth with a foster family/home that can best meet his/her needs.
Development of an Individualized Plan of Care (IPOC) based on the specific strengths and needs of the youth. The IPOC provides a roadmap of the service delivery needed to meet the youth’s identified needs and indicates the expectations and requirements necessary for successful completion of the program.
- Crisis management/intervention services available 24-hours per day to youth and foster families.
- Reliable consultation, support, supervision, and training to foster families by clinically qualified company staff.
- Case management and coordination and linkage to community services and resources.
- Educational coordination, advocacy, assistance, and support.
- Treatment services within the foster home setting including behavior management and rehabilitative skill building.
- Age and developmentally appropriate independent living skill building, including such activities as cooking, cleaning, care of clothing, money and time management, etc.
- Community involvement, including age and developmentally appropriate recreational and leisure activities.
- Religious opportunities consistent with the youth’s religious preferences and/or the religious choice of the youth’s family.
- Family involvement, visitation coordination and other family connection and reunification activities.
TFC is SCYAP’s longest standing and largest program within the SCYAP service array. SCYAP provides TFC services on a statewide basis to children and youth ages birth to twenty-one. SCYAP provides TFC services at three levels of intensity, depending upon the needs of the youth, and specialized programming, such as medically fragile services, are available at any of these levels.
In addition to TFC, SCYAP provides several areas of specialized foster home services/programming. Please click on the program/service listed below for more information on these specialized services.
Medically Fragile Services
Short-Term TFC Services
Short-Term Alternative Placements (STAP)
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