Become a Foster Parent

We have an open door for those families interested in being therapeutic foster parents. A therapeutic foster home is a foster home in which the foster parents receive specialized training to enable them to provide care for a wide variety of children, usually those with significant emotional or behavioral problems. We will provide the training, supervision, and assistance that you will need to become successful therapeutic foster parents.

We’ll provide you with an information packet and answer any questions you might have.  Help us reach the thousands of children in the Virginia foster care system today by opening your heart and your home to a child in need of a loving family.

 

Do you feel called to be a Therapeutic Foster Parent? Do you feel you can provide a loving, nurturing, safe, stable home to a child that may have abandonment, family, emotional, behavioral, school and/or community issues? Are you prepared to learn how to support a child to develop life skills, improve socialization, succeed in school and develop a positive self-image? If you say yes to all of these questions, than we are ready to train, supervise and assist you.

Fill out the form below to receive more details about the rewards of becoming a foster parent.

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Our therapeutic foster care program ensures that children are placed in the best possible environment. Here are some things you should know:

  • The average age of children served in therapeutic foster care is 3 to 17, with the greatest anticipated need being for those ages 10 to 17
  • Therapeutic foster parents must be at least 21 years of age
  • At least one parent must speak the same language as the child
  • Therapeutic foster parents must have access to reliable transportation
  • Therapeutic foster parents must complete 24 hours of pre-service training. Additional training is available
  • Therapeutic foster parents must undergo child protective services (CPS) and a federal police background checks
  • Therapeutic foster parents must agree not use corporal punishment with children in their care and adhere to the agency’s policies regarding the use of punishment
  • The total number of children residing in a foster home requiring therapeutic foster care cannot exceed two. The total number of children residing in the home cannot exceed six including the foster parents’ own children
  • Foster parents must have sufficient income to ensure their stability and security of their own family without relying on board payments
  • Therapeutic foster homes must have adequate space to provide each child with his/her own bed and personal space
  • Each member of the household must provide a health history which includes physical health, mental health and other treatments, which may impair ability to care for children
  • Therapeutic foster parents may not cohabitate with a member of the opposite sex without a marriage certificate
  • Therapeutic foster parents will be provided 24-hour on-call support
  • Therapeutic foster parents will be provided a tax-free income stipend per month, per child
  • Long-term families and short-term respite families are most needed