Treatment Family Foster Care
The Treatment Family Foster Care Program (TFFC) was designed to address the needs of children in foster care who have severe behavioral and mental health concerns. The goal is to provide enough support to these children and their caretakers so that they can safely remain in the community, rather than be placed in congregate care.
Criteria for Referral
Children being referred to the TFFC program range in age from 2-21. They must have a psychiatric diagnosis and/or a history of psychiatric hospitalization, and/or multiple placements in the system. Additionally, only two TFFC youth can be placed in a foster home at a time, to ensure that the foster parent has the time to meet the needs of the youth in their care.
Caseload Size and Mandated Contacts
The TFFC program has limited caseload sizes and increased mandated contacts so that workers are able to provide the families with the attention and support they need to maintain the children in the community. At JCCA, each caseload consists of approximately 10 cases and is covered by both an MSW Social Worker and a Bachelor’s-level Sociotherapist. The Sociotherapist is required to have four contacts per month with each child (two of which must be in the foster home). The Social Worker is required to have one contact per month with the foster parent and child (every other month, this contact happens in the foster home) as well as two contacts per month with each child’s parents.
Foster Parent Training
It is recognized that foster parenting a child with intense behavioral and mental health problems requires more training. Foster parents are thus required to attend a 27-hour Parenting Skills Training that teaches them a behavior modification program that they are required to use with the children placed in their care, and attend 15 hours of training per year for recertification.