Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC)

Therapeutic Foster CareTherapeutic Foster Care (TFC) places children with special needs between the ages of 3 and 17 with professionally-trained foster-parents. It is a private foster-care agency licensed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). TFC makes possible an intensive, structured clinical level of support for those children who have shown Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED), along with their placement in a safe and nurturing family environment.

Since 1990 the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has made Waterbury-based New Opportunities Inc. the administrator for a large segment of DCF’s TFC. The program is designed for children who have behavioral or educational diagnoses, or who have exhibited behaviors that contributed to the disruption of their placements in regular foster homes. The children selected for TFC are healthy and are not medically fragile. They may be on medication that helps control their behaviors; or they may be enrolled in special education classes or behavior modification therapy.

This TFC agency primarily services Greater Waterbury, Torrington and New Britain. It will, however, accept children from any part of the state if there is an appropriate family match. DCF determines which children are candidates for TFC. New Opportunities Inc. execution of TFC also includes the recruitment and training of foster-parents.

Becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent

New Opportunities Inc. offers training for parents interested in becoming a:

  • Long-term foster-parent who accepts the placement of a child for an undetermined amount of time.
  • Short-term foster-parent who accepts the placement of a child for a pre-determined length of time (one year maximum).
  • Respite Caregiver who provides primary foster-parents temporary relief while they rest and refresh themselves or attend to personal business.

Therapeutic Foster Care provides:

  • Daily support and weekly contact to foster families.
  • Psychologists and social workers.
  • Therapeutic Respite Care.
  • 24/7 emergency crisis interventions.

Those interested in becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent are asked to:

  • Provide a safe and nurturing home for a child in need.
  • Be at least 21 years of age and in good health.
  • Undergo criminal and DCF background checks.
  • Participate in a family assessment interview, plus pre-service and in-service training.

Those interested in becoming a Respite Caregiver are asked to:

  • Provide a temporary retreat for children placed in therapeutic foster homes.
  • Be at least 21 years of age and in good health.
  • Undergo criminal and DCF background checks.
  • Participate in a six-hour pre-service training session and a brief assessment interview.

Children placed in TFC have complete medical, dental and prescription coverage. There is no out-of-pocket expense to foster-parents. Stipends are paid by TFC to foster-parents to cover the child’s daily expenses. These payments are currently about $1,600 a month.

To learn more about TFC or becoming a TFC Foster-Parent, call the Home Based Family Services Division at (203) 575-4286 or email DPierce [at] NewOppInc [dot] org.

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