Treatment Foster Care
CHANGING the game for FOSTER FAMILIES
The children UMFS places have had the hardest time due to behavioral or medical issues, multiple placements within the foster care system, traumatic experiences, or their advanced age. They need a higher level of care and attention. UMFS is behind the adults who become foster parents to these children every step of the way.
What is Treatment Foster Care?
Treatment foster care is the provision of a safe, nurturing and structured home environment, for children and teens with emotional, behavioral, or social challenges or medical needs, as well as those who have experienced multiple placements and/or previous traumatic experiences within the foster care system.
Foster Care vs. Treatment Foster Care
All children and teens in foster care have behavioral and emotional needs, however when they first enter care the level of need is not known. Generally, those determined to have significant emotional and behavioral challenges are referred for treatment foster care. Typically, children and teens in treatment foster care have experienced multiple placement moves and disruptions, so the goal is to provide a higher level of support and resources to initiate the healing process in the context of a family setting.
Training for Treatment Foster Care Parents
As a foster parent, you benefit from an extensive network of services focused on comprehensive education and exceptional support throughout every step of the process—you are never on your own.
UMFS provides initial and on-going trainings for our foster parents to ensure a continuum of education and support. We offer specialized trainings grounded in trauma-informed care, the Whole Brain Child, Collaborative Problem Solving, and High-Fidelity Wraparound Services.
Attend an info session to see for yourself the rewarding ways you can make an impact.
Benefits for Treatment Foster Care Parents
In the UMFS Treatment Foster Care program, you receive initial training, but also have ongoing access to other benefits and features. Here are some of the additional support services available to foster parents:
- Continued training & collaboration with a treatment team
- Individualized strategies for each foster child’s needs
- Local support groups
- 24-hour on-call support
- Reliable respite
Next Steps to Fostering in Virginia
The choice to become a foster parent is one of the most fulfilling and impactful decisions you can make to improve the lives of foster children and teens. Interested in taking the next steps towards fostering in Virginia? We encourage you to learn more by reaching out to us.
Contact UMFS at 855-367-8637, or submit an inquiry for questions and additional information on becoming a foster parent.