Treatment Foster Care (TFC) involves intensive services utilizing highly trained foster parents providing care for children with psychiatric conditions involving severe emotional and behavioral problems. Treatment foster parents are required to have significant education requirements and are certified in medication monitoring and crisis intervention. PATH licensed social workers offer therapy and support to families and their children in care while providing treatment consultation and behavioral management support to PATH foster parents. In addition PATH social workers offer case management with the child’s psychiatric community of 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 WRAP Around 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.