Become a Treatment Foster Parent
Treatment foster parents, quite simply, change lives. Youth who have experienced abuse and neglect need caring, nurturing, strong adults to help them heal, to move beyond their pasts, and become caring, nurturing, strong adults themselves.
BCC TREATMENT FOSTER PARENT REQUIREMENTS
- Legal U.S. citizen and Maryland resident.
- Single or married, and at least 25 years old.
- Live in a home that passes health and fire safety inspections and has room available for at least one youth.
- Clear state, federal, child protective services and driving record background checks.
- Financially stable beyond a foster care stipend.
- Provide proof of recent physical exam, including a TB test and drug screening.
- Complete 30 hours of pre-service training, and 24 hours of annual in-service training thereafter.
- Participate in pre-service, in-home interviews with TFC staff, and at least one weekly meeting after a child is placed.
- Above all, must truly believe all children need and deserve love, understanding and guidance from trustworthy adults.
SUPPORTS FOR FOSTER PARENTS
However simple the idea, foster parenting is by no means simple work. Because the TFC staff understands how challenging it can be to change a child’s life, we strongly believe in supporting our TFC parents through:
- A TFC social worker assigned to your family to be a “one-stop-shopping” contact. Your social worker will help manage your child’s medical and educational appointments and help locate recreational and extracurricular resources.
- Your social worker will be your child’s therapist, providing weekly individual and family therapy throughout the child’s placement. Your social worker will help you create positive behavior charts and safety plans to address risks. The social worker will also help with “bumps in the road” so you and your foster child can overcome obstacles and strengthen your relationship.
- 24-hour crisis “on-call” support with a TFC social worker to answer questions, problem-solve and de-stress.
- A BCC child psychiatrist will complete annual psychiatric evaluations, prescribe medications and consult on tough issues.
- Respect for your opinion and hard work. The “Family Support Team” values each person’s expertise regarding the child, including your TFC social worker, DSS workers, attorneys, CASA volunteers, birth family, educators and very importantly—TFC parents. As a TFC parent, you know best how your foster child is doing daily.
- Tax-free monthly stipend that is not considered income and is given to off-set the cost of welcoming a child in need into your home. Because TFC youth have needs over and above those of youth in traditional foster care, the TFC stipend includes an additional “Difficulty of Care” stipend on two levels, based on the intensity of the youth’s needs. On average, the monthly stipend is $1,350 -$1,500.
- Built-in breaks called “respite” provided by another TFC family that cares for your foster youth for a brief time. Respite gives parents a weekend to relax and rejuvenate—just like a trip to grandma’s house! Parents are entitled to free respite care three days per month, per youth. Additional days are available for a small deduction in monthly stipend.
- And more…depending on what your family needs to ensure a vulnerable child succeeds.
BECOME A RESPITE FOSTER PARENT
Interested in helping, but not sure you can devote yourself full-time to foster care parenting? All families need breaks and TFC families are no different. You can become a respite foster parent and provide periodic weekend or short-term care to foster youth. The certification requirements are the same for respite parents.
Call us at 410-922-2100, ext. 5622.