Long Term Care
Progressive Steps Inc.
Treatment foster care is a family-based program. It provides foster care services as an alternative to a residential or group home setting. There are many additional support services that treatment foster homes receive. These include services such as:
weekly therapy sessions
a higher caregiver pay rate
monthly foster parent support meetings
Designated case manager
Treatment foster parents receive advanced training and support to become part of the treatment team. Prospective treatment foster parents are required to attend 27 pre-service hours prior. These service hours are completed online and with a licensing agency such as Progressive Steps, Inc. The training will allow prospective treatment foster parents to understand reasons children come into care. They learn the types of trauma children have undergone prior to foster care. We train them with ways in which they can assist foster children to develop into emotionally and physically healthy individuals.
Remember, treatment foster care is teamwork. We all work together to support the children and foster families.
Foster parents have all the same responsibilities as any other legal guardian of a minor, with some additions. Raising a foster child comes with a list of responsibilities needed for both the child and the agency.
Treatment Foster Parent Responsibilities To the Child:
Provide custodial care 24 hours each day. You must know where your child is at all times.
Be able and willing to provide transportation to and from medical appointments.
Ensure the child receives medical treatment and preventive health care.
Ensure that the child receives their necessary mental health treatment.
Ensure that the child attends school and learns at a sufficient level as deemed by your local school district.
Maintain contact with school staff to address the child's educational needs.
Abstain and protect the child from all kinds of abuse (physical, verbal, sexual, emotional).
Improve the child's self-image and self-worth. Never speak negatively of the child's family or of their situation.
Listen and communicate with the child, and encourage them to express their emotions in a healthy way.
Keep all the child's important paperwork and records up to date, including health passport, school records, medical records, personal records, etc.
If allowed by the Court, encourage contact with birth parents, siblings, and other biological family members. This could mean being willing to transport the child to and from visits with biological family members at a public location agreed upon. This could also include weekly telephone contact with birth parents and/or siblings.
Treatment Foster Parent Responsibilities To the Agency:
Cooperate with the home study at all times.
Participate in training provided for treatment foster families.
Cooperate with the treatment team and their interactions with the foster family and foster child.
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