About our therapeutic foster care program
Foster Care Program
The Therapeutic Foster Care Program provides a therapeutic level of foster care for children ages three to eighteen in accordance with the Department of Children and Families’ regulations. The Children’s Community Programs of CT, Inc. recruits, screens, approves, and trains parents to become foster parents and provides children in placement with a comprehensive array of services including but not limited to individual therapy, support for the foster families, coordination with Department of Children and Families with regard to visitation and the permanency plan, and case management with schools and other service providers.
The Therapeutic foster care goal is to recruit, train and support foster parents who are committed, confident and capable of providing outstanding care to vulnerable children and young people, without regard to racial, cultural, religion, language, gender, sexuality and any disability they might experience. The program will ensure that all children placed in our homes will enjoy a stable and consistent experience of safe, warm and caring family life offered by skilled and well supported foster parents until a more permanent living arrangement can be determined
Foster Care: Recruits, screens, trains, approves, and works in conjunction with our families to provide shelter, care, love, in a therapeutic environment for children that we serve. TFC is the largest non-profit Therapeutic Foster Care Program in Connecticut and is funded through the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families on a per diem basis.
Kinship Care (Relative Foster Care Services): Kinship Care involves the identification of relatives that will provide foster care services for young family members in need of care. Relative foster parents go through the same training process offered under the TFC program and continue to receive support from TFC clinicians and case management staff.
Permanency Placement Services Program (PPSP): PPSP provides resources to foster and biological families to help sustain the placement. These resources include but are not limited to: parent training, youth development services, clinical services, and rehabilitation services.
- Individualized services are provided by Masters level clinicians in social work and other human services disciplines.
- Children are provided with safe and therapeutic home settings in which to live until a permanent family situation can be determined.
- Masters level clinicians continuously assess children for abuse, neglect, and early signs of mental illness throughout their involvement in the program from pre-placement to discharge.
- Appropriate clinical services are provided to children placed in our homes to address treatment issues.
- Experienced program staff collaborates with other private, state, and national agencies to maintain and encourage the highest level of practice in terms of foster care.
- Clinical staff prepares foster children for return home or for placement in a stable, nurturing environment that is to be permanent, and when this is not possible, prepares them for independent living and helps identify significant adults with whom relationships can be maintained.
- No more than one or two youth are placed in our foster homes, unless special considerations are made for sibling groups.
- 24/7 support is available to foster parents and children placed in the home to address emergency situations.
- Staff have weekly contact with each child in placement.
- Separate monthly visits are made with the foster parent to address their individual and family needs and concerns, and to coordinate services.
- Specialized pre-placement and ongoing monthly foster parent training is provided for foster parents to address the emotional, behavioral, and educational needs of children placed in our homes.
- Short-term respite care is provided for foster parents who need a break.
- All foster parents receive a generous foster parent stipend.