To the Child:
Provide custodial care 24 hours each day
Be able and willing to provide transportation to and from medical appointments, unless prior arrangements have been made
Ensure the child receives medical treatment and preventive health care
Ensure that the child attends school
Maintain contact with school staff to address the child's educational needs
Abstain from Abuse
Improve the child's self-image
Listen to the child
Communicate with the child
Encourage the child to express emotions
Maintain the child's health passport
If allowed by the Court, encourage contact with birth parents and siblings
Be willing to transport child to and from visits with biological family members at a public location
Encourage weekly telephone contact with birth parents and/or siblings
Never speak negatively of the child's family
To the Agency:
Cooperate with the home study
Participate in training
Cooperate with the treatment team
Treatment foster care is a family-based program that provides foster care services as an alternative to a residential or group home setting. Treatment foster homes receive additional support services such as weekly therapy sessions, a higher care giver pay rate, respite care and monthly foster parent support meetings. Foster parents receive advanced training and support to become part of the treatment team.
Prospective foster parents are required to attend 27 pre-service hours with the licensing agency (Progressive Steps, Inc.). The training will allow prospective foster parents to understand reasons children come into care, the types of trauma children have undergone prior to foster care and ways in which foster parents can assist children to develop into emotionally and physically healthy individuals. Remember, treatment foster care is team work. We all work together to support the children and foster families.
Progressive Steps, Inc.
6201 Liberty Road, Suite C Baltimore, Maryland 21207