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 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.
Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) serves children aged 3-18 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.
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.
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.