Therapeutic Foster Care
At Woodfords Family Services, we believe every child deserves the opportunity to live in a loving home. Woodfords provides treatment-level foster care to children and youth from age 0-21 with developmental and emotional disabilities who cannot reside with their biological family. Our program focuses on the strengths of the child/youth and family supports family inclusion whenever possible.
Through the support of our trained, professional foster parents and the treatment team, children/youth are offered guidance with psychological, emotional, social, behavioral and learning issues. The team's primary goal is meeting the best interest of the child/youth while promoting family reunification and life skills growth. Woodfords Family Services offers case management, in-home support services, behavioral consultation, a resource library, training and emotional support to our foster families in a team approach to preserve placements. Foster families can connect with each other during quarterly meetings, support groups and the many other events that Woodfords offers.
Children Referred to Woodfords
Children are referred to Woodfords Foster Care program from the Department of Health and Human Services. Should there be an available foster home and a child meets Woodfords placement criteria, Woodfords attempts to match the child with the most appropriate available foster home for placement.
Once a child has been placed with a Woodfords' foster home, he or she is provided a foster care case manager. Case managers meet regularly with the child and foster parents to establish an individual service plan for the child. The service plan strives to address the individual needs of each child and his or her family, as well as outlining appropriate services to address those needs. Woodfords Foster Care case managers provide ongoing support to foster parents and the children placed with them, while promoting a loving, family atmosphere.
Woodfords Therapeutic Foster Care Program provides foster care homes to meet the needs of children with special needs that are unable to live at home and are in custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Our foster homes provide daily living experiences with specialized services that meet the child’s needs including: daily living, education, mental/ physical health, and community inclusion support. Qualifications of foster parents include:
- May be married or single
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must be in good physical and mental health
- Must enjoy working with children
- Possess effective parenting skills
- Be creative and flexible
- Possess a willingness to work with birth parents, service providers and service agencies
- Must be committed and enjoy challenges
- Must successfully complete introductory training
- Have at least one year experience as family foster home parent or six months work experience with children and/or youth who have moderate to severe disabilities
- Must possess a willingness to grow as a parent and as an individual
To request a complete information packet and application, call Tonya Dearborn, Recruitment & Licensing Coordinator, Therapeutic Foster Care at (207) 878-9663, x 4160 or click here to download the application.
Why Not Today? Become a Foster Parent
Every two minutes, a child in the U.S. enters foster care. Hear from therapeutic foster parents on why they foster, what they give and get from being a foster parent, and why they work with Woodfords Family Services. Visit www.woodfords.org to learn more about how to become a therapeutic foster parent and how to change a life!
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Foster Parenting Video
Foster Parents, and children who went through the Foster Care system, speak about their motivations, rewards, and their experiences with Woodfords Foster Care Team.
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