Treatment Foster Care
Treatment foster care services are provided in Northern Virginia to youth who are placed out of their home and need intensive support to be maintained in a community placement. Youth (ages 0-21) are placed with trained and professionally supported families. YFT is committed to ensuring that youth maintain and create positive and permanent connections with their biological families and others in their communities. The foster home is the core of a treatment program designed to help children grow and develop in a safe, structured environment. Treatment foster care parents help children learn to deal with emotional problems, learn to trust others, and learn to set and achieve goals for the future.
Treatment Foster Care Parents
- You must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of Virginia
- Possess a valid driver's license and own a registered and insured vehicle
- Have a GED or High School Diploma and be financially stable
- Able to pass child abuse and criminal history clearance
- Have an adequate bedroom for a child and be willing to learn how to work with children who have emotional and/or behavioral challenges
If you are married, your spouse must be a willing participant in working with the youth and the program
You must be able to identify a backup support person that will be able to pass all background checks and assist with your child as necessary
If you're interested in becoming a foster parent, please complete our inquiry form. We offer pre-service and ongoing training, 24-hour support, and a generous stipend to our treatment foster parents.
Support Services for Treatment Foster Care Parents
We offer a variety of support services and resources for our treatment foster care parents to ensure that they have the tools and knowledge needed to provide the best care for their foster children. These support services include:
- 27 hours of free pre-service training
- Monthly in-service training opportunities (20 hours of training required every year)
- One-on-one training in your home once a child is placed
- Respite services to give foster parents a break when needed
- 24-hour support services for emergencies
- Networking opportunities with other treatment foster care parents
- Monthly stipend to cover the cost of room and board, personal care and recreation, clothing, and spending money for the child
Our goal is to provide foster parents with the support they need to help children in their care grow and develop in a safe, structured environment.
Treatment foster care parents are role models who provide the day to day care, communication and supervision that children need. Foster parents report that having foster children “completes their family,” gives them “additional people to care about,” and “teaches their natural children the importance of sharing and giving to others.” They also say that foster parenting is challenging work and requires “more patience and effort than they thought possible.” YFT provides a high level of support andsupervision. Treatment foster care parents are reimbursed from the state for the caretaking of children placed in their home.
Treatment foster care parents at YFT do extraordinary things for the children in their care. We are currently recruiting families who are interested in the challenge of providing a home and care for specialadolescents. We provide pre-service and ongoing training, 24 hour support, and a generous stipend to our treatment foster parents. Our staff and treatment foster care parents work together to meet the needs of the foster children.