Types of Foster Care

Foster care agencies work with the state to place kids in safe, loving homes. These agencies can be for-profit or nonprofit, but all must work with the state in order to license foster homes. The state reimburses private foster care agencies for the care of each child.

Traditional Foster Care

Traditional Foster Care  provides 24-hour-a-day substitute temporary care and supportive services in a home environment for children in DHS custody, from birth to 18 years of age.

Specialized Foster Care

Specialized Foster Care (SFC) serves children and adults aged three years and older who have a primary diagnosis of intellectual disabilities and qualify for Developmental Disabilities Services.

Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) serves children aged 4-18 with special psychological, social, behavioral, and emotional needs who thrive in a family setting, but require more intensive or therapeutic services than those for traditional foster care.

Intensive Treatment Family Care

Intensive Treatment Family Care (ITFC) program provides treatment for a school-aged child who has experienced multiple placements in various settings, but can be successfully served in a family setting. This child has experienced trauma and may have behavioral, medical, developmental and/or intellectual challenges.

Agency Companion Services

Agency Companion Services (ACS) provides a residential option allowing an adult with disabilities to share a home with a companion who provides support services based upon the recommendations of the individual’s team.
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