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  • Specialized or Treatment Foster Care

    Specialized or treatment foster care programs use a community-based treatment approach for children/youth with emotional/behavioral issues. This intensive, clinically based treatment is child/youth centered and family focused and offers an alternative to inpatient or residential treatment when a child/youth can no longer live in the family home. Treatment is delivered through an integrated team approach that individualizes services for each child/youth. The treatment foster parents are trained, supervised, and supported by the program staff and play a primary role in therapeutic interventions. The program's goal is to provide clinically effective treatment to children and youth so they may return to their family or alternative community placement and avoid being removed from a community setting. Program staff monitors the child's/youth's progress in treatment and provides adjunctive services per the individualized plan and program design.

    Children/youth who participate in the program may also have documented reports of maltreatment, involvement with juvenile justice, and/or co-occurring disorders.

    The program may also be called intensive foster care, therapeutic family services, or therapeutic foster care.

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