Therapeutic Foster Care
Therapeutic Foster Care is an innovative program offered by LSSI in Aurora, Chicago, and Rockford. Therapeutic Foster Care places children with histories of severe trauma and emotional/behavioral needs in family treatment homes where they receive more one-on-one care and attention. The program is evidence-based and provides short-term, intensive support for these children so that they can thrive in a family home.
Therapeutic Foster Parents are paid a daily stipend to allow a member of the household to devote time to the child. Therapeutic Foster Parents receive special training and 24/7 support. They also are part of a comprehensive team that supports the child.
The Therapeutic Foster Care team includes dedicated, innovative, and highly trained clinicians, caseworkers, and specially trained foster parents. The team works with individual children ages 6 to 14, for 9 to 12 months. Intensive treatment helps children develop the needed skills to thrive at home, in school, and in the community. Family coaching is provided for parents, relatives, or pre-adoptive parents.
The ideas around Therapeutic Foster Care just made me think, ‘We should have had this information years ago. We should do this for all kids in Illinois.’ Even within the model itself, it teaches, as an adult, how to be better people, how to converse with other adults, not just with the kids. It opens your mind a lot.
-Therapeutic Foster Parent Tonia Ware
LSSI uses a highly effective, evidence-based treatment model called Treatment Foster Care of Oregon (TFCO), which has been successful at reducing problem behaviors, increasing school success, strengthening attachment to caregivers, and improving foster parent satisfaction.
Children’s Futures Can Be Your Profession—Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent!
LSSI is seeking committed individuals to be Therapeutic Foster Parents. For qualified candidates, LSSI offers:
- Daily cash stipend to allow a member of the household to devote time to the child
- Intensive on-going training and support
- Comprehensive matching process
These kids have the same wants and desires as other kids—they just need a little more love. Hopefully the child will come out of the program knowing that someone’s there for them.
-Therapeutic Foster Parent Eve Rivera
Informational meetings are held online via Zoom on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Interested in Becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent?
Fill out the form below and a recruiter will call you within 2 business days.
Or, for more information about becoming a Professional Therapeutic Foster Parent, please contact an LSSI Therapeutic Foster Parent Team Leader in your area: