Home Care Training for the Home Care Client (HCTC), or therapeutic foster care, provides a treatment, family-based alternative to institutional or group home care for youth with behavioral health needs. As a therapeutic foster care parent, you would be specially trained to ensure children receive the services and support they need within a caring family environment.
How it Works: Alice’s Story
“Alice” is an active girl who loves dance and gymnastics. Like most 13-year-old girls, she likes to sing and express herself through music. Unlike other girls her age, Alice has experienced more than her share of trauma and grief.
A Life of Trauma
Alice first entered foster care around age 2. Eventually, her parents had their rights severed, and she was later adopted. Because of so much upheaval in her short life—she started to act out. Her behaviors became too much for her adoptive family, so they dissolved the adoption. Since that time, she’s been in 19 different foster homes.
With Alice’s future uncertain, she was placed in a residential treatment center in June of 2014. At the center, she worked with staff to manage and express her anger in healthy ways. After a lot of hard work, Catholic Charities staff helped to place Alice in a therapeutic foster home, just in time for Christmas of 2014.
Therapeutic Foster Care
A therapeutic foster family provides a safe and compassionate home environment for traumatized children. Therapeutic foster parents take on the role of a behavioral health provider, as they help children learn healthy expression and coping skills.
The Stevens have been therapeutic foster parents for five years. They have a high success rate for finding permanency for older kids like Alice. Their role is to advocate and care for kids. They focus on teaching independent living skills and get kids connected in the community.
When the Stevens and Alice met - they had an instant connection. Now, Alice is doing well in the Stevens' home and learning how to function in family dynamics. The Stevens are also very involved in their church, and Alice is excited to be a part of it.
“For this time of the year, this is one of our staff’s greatest joys…to help kids spend the holidays in a loving home environment, rather than with staff in an institution,” said Catholic Charities foster care staff.
One day, in the not too distant future, we hope Alice will move on from the Stevens’ home and be placed with a forever family. For now, she is learning how to communicate and trust two caring adults. They will be an ongoing support to her for as long as she wants them to be.