TFC: Treatment Foster Care & Family Based Shelter
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Where do our TFC families reside?
Treatment foster care (TFC) is a community-based service that is aimed to improve and enhance the emotional, physical and behavioral health of the youth served. In TFC, foster parents are considered the primary agent of change. They are trained and supported to implement key elements of treatment in the context of family and community life, while supporting the goals of discharge planning for children in their care.
What is Family Based Shelter?
Family Based Shelter (FBS) is designed to provide immediate, short term, or overnight care for children and adolescents up to the age of 18, who are in need of a safe, nurturing and structured environment. FBS can be accessed up to 60 days of care per year, if needed. FBS utilizes our current TFC homes for short-term placement and services as a bridge to other services. FBS supports families with emergency situations that may prevent adequate care for their children.
Who may receive TFC?
TFC serves youth up to the age of 21 who have behavioral and mental health needs, which are severe, complex and persistent. Youth being referred for TFC typically require TFC as a higher level of care or as a step-down from a higher level of care.
The average length of stay is 3-9 months but the time may vary depending upon need. We work with an array of different needs such as:
Who may receive FBS?
FBS serves children and adolescents up to the age of 18. It is not uncommon for FBS programming to mirror TFC programming and can serve the same type of youth who experience moderate to severe emotional and behavioral health problems. Concurrently, FBS is able to serve children and adolescents in need of emergency placement because of emergencies including but not limited to: running away from home, homelessness, parent hospitalization, at risk for homelessness,
CYFD involved families, etc.