Therapeutic Foster Care - Northern Arizona (Prescott)

Therapeutic Foster Care | Northern Arizona

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Programs

Helping Children with High Behavioral Health Needs

Being a therapeutic foster parent comes with the immense reward of seeing a child grow through your skilled intervention, unconditional love and respect. Therapeutic foster care is different than traditional foster care because it involves clinical intervention and placement of youth in specially trained foster homes.

Children in therapeutic foster care must be medically approved for placement and tend to require more assistance with mental, emotional and behavioral health needs. They receive structured, tailored treatment that helps them thrive.

Becoming a Therapeutic Foster Care Parent in Northern Arizona

Opportunities to Work with All Ages!
As a therapeutic foster provider, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of age groups. Therapeutic foster children are usually between the ages of 5-17 and stay for a period of 6-12 months. This timeframe is determined by the client’s progress and their Child and Family Team, along with meeting medical necessity. Review of placement progress occurs every 30-90 days.

Who Makes an Ideal Therapeutic Foster Parent?

Catholic Charities looks for couples and individuals 21 years of age and older who are knowledgeable, patient and have a passion for children. Those who have experience in child welfare, such as teachers, counselors, and CASAs (court-appointed special advocates), are a perfect fit. After one year, traditional foster parents can also continue their training to become therapeutic foster parents.

Is Financial Assistance Available? | Therapeutic Foster Care Pay

Catholic Charities strives to provide quality financial assistance to our foster parents. Due to the additional training required, those caring for therapeutic foster children are considered behavioral health professionals and their homes are referred to as a level of behavioral health. Therapeutic foster care families receive weekly, tax-free reimbursement to assist with the child’s care, supporting the child in meeting their therapeutic goals and reimbursing for the parents’ professional skills and services.

Although it depends on if the child is a DCS or clinical placement (i.e., coming from a residential treatment facility), here are some examples of financial support provided on behalf of the state:

    • Medical, eye and dental care
    • Clothing allowance
    • Monthly allowance for additional support
    • Property damage reimbursement (through the Provider Indemnity Program or PIP, which provides liability coverage for foster parents while caring for foster children)

Resources Available to Professional Foster Care Providers

We know that access to the proper resources is essential to the success of our foster parents. Catholic Charities provides the following to ensure you feel supported:

    • 24/7 on-call support
    • Regular contact from your Catholic Charities team
    • An in-home counselor to provide additional family support
    • Monthly trainings to improve your skills and education and connect you with other therapeutic foster parents 

Recent Posts

A Testimonial From Our Therapeutic Foster Care Programs

Kayla | A Testimonial From Our Therapeutic Foster Care Programs

Kayla's Story

At age 13, Kayla* was placed into a therapeutic foster home. In struggling with family trauma, she often dealt with outbursts and difficulty processing her emotions. But her dedicated and loving TFC foster mom, Deb, helped her overcome these barriers to create a life she could be proud of. Now, Kayla has found a forever home with an adoptive mother and plans to pursue her dream of attending college.

By becoming a therapeutic foster parent, you can help children like Kayla get a fresh start by providing a supportive home!

*Name was changed to protect client privacy.

Ready to Change Lives as a Therapeutic Foster Parent?

Catholic Charities’ Therapeutic Foster Care programs serve Yavapai, Mohave and Coconino Counties. We currently have TFC homes in the following areas and are willing to expand: Prescott, Prescott Valley, Mayer, Dewey, Flagstaff, Chino Valley, Fredonia, and Cane Beds.

If you don’t live in one of these areas, please reach out. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of children in need, please contact:

Dana Hale

Clinical Supervisor

John Lang

Resource Support Specialist


Address: 434 W. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301

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