NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH
May is National Foster Care Month and BCC is looking for HEROES who can join us in giving children Hope! HEREOES are individuals and families in the community who make the decision to serve a young person who is referred to BCC’s treatment foster care program and in need of a safe, stable, and supportive foster home.
We invite you to join us in celebrating National Foster Care Month by learning more about our treatment foster care program and how your home could make a meaningful difference in a young person’s life. To learn more about our treatment foster care program, please contact James Ravenel at (443) 845-0837. You can also reach James via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS TREATMENT FOSTER CARE?
Treatment Foster Care, also known as “Therapeutic Foster Care” is provided by specially trained Resource Families who are prepared to support the healing of youth ages 0 to 21 impacted by trauma. TFC resource families provide a safe, stable and supportive home where youth can heal, thrive and reach their potential until being reunited with their natural family or a permanent placement can be arranged.
WHAT TRAINING WILL I RECEIVE?
Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education (PRIDE)
PRIDE pre-service training will assist potential foster/adoptive families in developing an understanding of all aspects of what they may encounter in serving a youth in treatment foster care, especially the trauma and its impact on childhood development. The goals of PRIDE are:
- To give parents the information needed to handle routine matters such as medical and psychological care, clothing needs, education, and visitation with the birth family.
- To provide the skills needed to solve problems with creativity and patience.
- To go over the required ethical and legal standards that keep your home and BCC in compliance with Maryland state regulations.
- To coach and talk through the strategies needed during the adjustment period when the child first enters your home.
- To identify behaviors likely learned by the child as a result from being in the foster care system or from past trauma they experienced prior to being placed into care.
- To hear directly from current TFC Families who will share their experience and be mentors for you throughout the PRIDE training process (and beyond).
Together Facing the Challenge (TFTC)
TFTC is an evidence-based program providing parents with strategies for youth who display challenging behaviors while encouraging parental growth and confidence along the TFC journey.
TFC homes are located throughout Maryland, and we are always looking for new adults and couples seeking to enrich a child’s life with unconditional love.
TFC Program Locations:
BCC’s TFC program takes referrals from state child welfare agencies (e.g. DSS, DJS) across Maryland and places children in foster homes throughout the state. However, the program is operated out of two offices.
- The Baltimore TFC office is located on BCC’s Baltimore campus and organizational headquarters. It primarily serves children and families in the Central Maryland region.
- The Southern Maryland TFC office primarily serves children and families in Southern Maryland, including St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties.
- Click here for directions and contact info for the entire TFC program
Heroes Give Children Hope
Interested in changing a child’s life? Take the five-question quiz to see if you can be a hero!”
ADMISSIONS – Local DSS
Treatment Foster Care Recruitment Coordinator
T: (443) 845-0837
3300 Gaither Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
C: (443) 845-0837
Board of Child Care’s programs is open to any individual regardless of their religious beliefs. In addition, BCC welcomes Treatment Foster Care parents to apply regardless of their personal religious preferences. Read more about Spiritual Life programming and BCC’s affiliation with the United Methodist Church.