Foster Parent Responsibilities: 

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

School records 

Medical records 

Personal records

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.

What is Treatment Foster Care

Progressive Steps, Inc.

6201 Liberty Road, Suite C Baltimore, Maryland 21207