Centers for Youth and Families

Centers for Youth and Families

Therapeutic Foster Care

Treatment Foster Care (TFC), also called Therapeutic Foster Care, is out-of-home care by foster parents with specialized training to care for a wide variety of children and adolescents, usually those with significant emotional, behavioral, or social issues or medical needs.

Treatment Foster Care is a distinct, powerful, and unique model of care that provides children with a combination of the best elements of traditional foster care and residential treatment centers. In Treatment Foster Care, the positive aspects of the nurturing and therapeutic family environment are combined with active and structured treatment. Treatment Foster Programs provide, in a clinically effective and cost-effective way, individualized and intensive treatment for children and adolescents who would otherwise be placed in institutional settings.

Definition approved by the Foster Family-based Treatment Association’s Board of Directors, March 13, 2001. Definition is derived from the work of Gerald Bereika, Ph.D.

Below is information & frequently used forms for potential applicants and our families to access:

What is Treatment Foster Care?

Treatment / Therapeutic Foster Care Initial Inquiry Form

Treatment | Therapeutic Foster Care FAQs

Sample Travel Reimbursement Form

Medical Reimbursement Form