FAQ

General

What is Treatment Foster Care?

Children and youth come into foster care for numerous reasons. Foster care provides children a safe place to live when it isn’t possible for them to be with their own families. These youth have special emotional or behavioral needs that demand extra time and skill from foster parents and a coordinated WRAParound Treatment team. Treatment Foster Care is designed to match the intensity and demands of each child with a foster family highly trained and supported to work with that youth, their family, and the child and family team leading their intervention and services. Youth in this program are in out-of-home care daily, but are still safely served in a community and attend regular school unless contra-indicated.

Does PATH take custody of children?

No. PATH is a non-custodial agency that works with other custodial agencies to serve a specific population of youth and their families. Each youth has a team that oversees their treatment plan, interventions, outcomes, and overall services. This team includes the youth, their parent (s), their custodial representative, and other key members of their unique community. Teams may include: school personnel, counselors, medical professionals, legal representatives, and others who serve an active role in the youth’s individual treatment plan.

What Rights does a foster youth have at PATH?

PATH provides every youth, their family, and custodian with a list of rights when the referral for services is received at intake. Every youth and their family has the right to respectful service, privacy, strong support, safety, and a wide-array of information and involvement in their services. These rights and the PATH Grievance Process are also openly posted in every PATH office. Copies are reviewed with, and then provided to all clients and their families.

Is PATH about children? Or families?

PATH serves children in the context of family. PATH has services designed to prevent foster and other out-of-home care through community services and supports. PATH has other services designed to provide youth with stability and permanency when their own family is not an option. And, PATH provides high-intensity levels of treatment foster care. In this entire array of services, PATH works with all clients in the context of their experience of family. PATH works with families of origin, resource families, extended families, adoption families, and yes, even foster families. Wherever a youth is at during their services, PATH strives to maintain all the family and community connections that are possible.

Foster Parenting

Who can become a PATH foster parent?

You may qualify to serve as a foster care provider if you: are 21 years of age or older; have adequate space in your home for the placement of a child or children; have a home environment that will pass a health, fire, and safety inspection; have sufficient income to meet care requirements; participate in required orientation, pre-service, and in-service training.

Do foster parents receive financial assistance?

Yes. Foster parents receive a daily reimbursement to cover the living expenses of each child in foster care. Reimbursements help cover child care-related costs, such as food and clothing. Usually, the system provides medical and dental coverage while the children are in PATH.

Our family lives on a modest income. Would that interfere with our opportunity to be foster parents?

No. Financial wealth is not a requirement to become a foster parent. You do need to have enough income so the expenses of fostering are not a financial hardship for the child or your family.

We don’t have any experience with parenting. Is that a problem?

While experience working with children is preferred, it is not a requirement. Parenting experience is important, but the willingness to develop the skills necessary to meet the needs of children who have potentially experienced abuse or neglect, in their young lives, is also important.

Do you have to be married to serve as a foster parent?

No. The foster care program is open to individuals and families who can provide children with a safe and loving environment.

Donations

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes, PATH is a 501(c)3 and all gifts are tax deductible. Receipts are provided for all financial and in-kind gifts as well as a thank you letter from our CEO.

Where does my gift go?

You can direct where you want your gift to go and PATH will honor your request. Our greatest needs include Independent Living and Transitional services for youth reaching independence, school supplies, school and summer activity fees that help children experience normalcy in their childhood, and continued education and supports for foster families and staff. All non-allocated gifts will be directed to the annual fund. The annual fund supports key activities, services and program needs. In FY 2014 almost 90% of every dollar spent went directly to programs that support our community’s children and families.

 

Privacy

What information does the PATH website collect?

When visiting the PATH website, visitors provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and Web site use information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse the PATH website.

Personal information you choose to provide PATH:

PATH may request that you voluntarily supply personal information, including your e-mail address, postal address, home or work telephone number and other personal information for such purposes as correspondence, placing an order, requesting an estimate, or participating in online surveys.

If you choose to correspond through email, PATH may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. PATH provides the same protections for these electronic communications employed in the maintenance of information received by mail and telephone.

Website use of information:

Similar to other commercial websites, the PATH website may utilize a standard technology called “cookies” (see explanation below, “What Are Cookies?”) and web server logs to collect information about how the website is used. Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at the website, and the websites visited just before and just after the PATH website. This information is collected on an aggregate basis. None of this information is associated with you as an individual.

How does PATH use the information that you provide?

Broadly speaking, PATH uses personal information for purposes of administering business activities, providing customer service and making available other products and services to customers and prospective customers. Occasionally, PATH may also use the information collected to notify you about important changes to the website, new services, and special offers you may find valuable. The lists used to send you product and service offers are developed and managed under PATH traditional corporate standards designed to safeguard the security and privacy of customers’ personal information. You are allowed at any time to notify PATH of your desire not to receive these offers.

What are cookies?

Cookies are a feature of web browser software that allows web servers to recognize the computer used to access a website. Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored by a user’s web browser on the user’s hard drive. Cookies can remember what information a user accesses on one webpage to simplify subsequent interactions with that website by the same user or to use the information to streamline the user’s transactions on related web pages. This makes it easier for a user to move from web page to web page and to complete commercial transactions over the internet. Cookies should make your online experience easier and more personalized.

How does PATH use information collected from cookies?

PATH uses website browser software tools such as cookies and web server logs to gather information about website users’ browsing activities, in order to constantly improve the PATH website and better serve customers. This information assists PATH to design and arrange our web pages in the most user-friendly manner and to continually improve our website to better meet the needs of customers and prospective customers.

Cookies help collect important business and technical statistics. The information in the cookies lets PATH trace the paths followed by users to the PATH website as they move from one page to another. Web server logs allow PATH to count how many people visit the website and evaluate the PATH website visitor capacity. PATH does not use these technologies to capture your individual email address or any personally identifying information about you.

Notice of new services and changes:

Occasionally, PATH may use the information collected to notify you about important changes to the website, new services and special offers. As a consumer, you will be given the opportunity to notify PATH of your desire not to receive these offers by clicking on a response box when you receive such an offer or by sending an email request.

How does PATH secure information transmissions?

When you send confidential personal credit card information to PATH on the website, a licensed, secure server software encrypts all information you input before it is sent. The information is scrambled en route and decoded once it reaches our Web site.

Other email that you may send to PATH may not be secure unless you are advised that a security measures will be in place prior to your transmitting the information. For that reason, PATH asks that you do not send confidential information such as social security or account numbers to us through an unsecured email.

How does PATH protect your information?

Information Security. PATH utilizes encryption/security software to safeguard the confidentiality of personal information we collect from unauthorized access or disclosure and accidental loss, alteration or destruction.

Evaluation of Information Protection Practices:

Periodically, PATH operations and business practices are reviewed for compliance with policies and procedures governing the security, confidentiality and quality of agency information.

Employee Access, Training and Expectations.

PATH values, ethical standards, policies and practices are committed to the protection of customer information. In general, our business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons, processes and transactions.

How can you access and correct your information?

You may request access to all your personally identifiable information that PATH collected online and maintains in our database by emailing PATH using the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Does PATH disclose information to outside parties?

PATH may provide aggregate information about customers, sales, website traffic patterns and related website information to affiliates or reputable third parties, but this information will not include personally identifying data, except as otherwise provided in this privacy policy.

What about legally compelled disclosure of information?

PATH may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when our agency, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights.

Permission to use materials

The right to download and store or output the materials in the PATH site is granted for the user’s personal use only, and materials may not be reproduced in any edited form. Any other reproduction, transmission, performance, display or editing of these materials by any means mechanical or electronic without the express written permission of PATH is strictly prohibited. Users wishing to obtain permission to reprint or reproduce any materials appearing on this site may contact PATH directly.