Therapeutic Foster Care

JusticeWorks Behavioral Care is the newest Therapeutic Foster Care Provider in South Carolina.

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JusticeWorks Behavioral Care was recently awarded a Child Placing Agency license by the Department of Social Services. We are now seeking potential foster parents to help build our foster care program and to serve some of South Carolina’s most vulnerable children.

What is Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC)?

Therapeutic Foster Care is an enhanced level of service provided in a residential home setting. Children receiving Therapeutic Foster Care services have been identified as having moderate to severe mental health issues and require consistency, structure, and stability to help them excel in the home, school, and community environments. Therapeutic Foster Care services are provided by a highly trained foster parent with the support of the agency’s clinical staff to manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the child/children placed in their home.

How is Therapeutic Foster Care different from Foster Care?

The main difference between Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) and regular Foster Care is the extent and types of training the foster parent receives for the respective classification. A TFC parent will receive 32 hours of specialized training prior to accepting a child in their home for placement, where a regular foster parent completes 12 hours of training. Therapeutic Foster Parents receive additional ongoing training on topics related to the children they are caring for in their homes. Some of these topics include:

  • Working with the Sexually Abused Child
  • Understanding Childhood Mental Health Diagnoses
  • Understanding Loss and Grief
  • Getting Started with a New Child

These trainings and others help prepare our foster parents for managing the challenging behaviors that the child may present in the home, school, and community setting.

What resources do I need to become a Therapeutic Foster Parent?

Extra space in your home is a must to become a Therapeutic Foster Parent. You must be able to show adequate space in your home to house your current family and the additional children that will be placed in your home. Each child will need to have their own bed and clothing storage (closet/armoire/dresser/etc.) If you have questions as to whether the space in your home is adequate, we will happily conduct a home assessment to assist you in this determination.

What skills do I need to become a Therapeutic Foster Parent?

The most needed and most effective skill a potential Therapeutic Foster Parent can have is patience. The children we provide care for are in need of support from those who are willing to invest their time in them and not give up on them. Some other qualities of good foster parents are:

  • Compassionate
  • Willing-to-learn
  • Consistent
  • Open-minded
  • Structured

If you possess these qualities, you may be just what we are looking for to help us help these children in need!

What are the benefits of becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent?

There are many benefits to becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent with the most important one being the reward of helping a child. Other benefits include:

  • 24 hour on-call support by trained JusticeWorks Behavioral Care staff
  • Monthly stipend
  • Respite Relief (arranged care for the child when breaks are needed)
  • Monthly Support Group Meetings
  • License inspection costs covered by JusticeWorks
  • Increased knowledge base of child development and behavioral management

Learn more about TFC