Therapeutic Foster Parent Qualifications
(for those interested in opening up their homes)
Thank you for your interest in learning about what it takes to become a Therapeutic Foster Care Parent with Child and Family Focus, Inc. In order to be eligible and begin the assessment process, you must:
- Reside in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery County
- Be at least 25 years of age
- Be free from child abuse and criminal records. Criminal history, child abuse background checks are conducted for each adult (age 14 and older) living in an applicant’s home. FBI background checks are conducted for all adults 18 and older living in an applicant’s home.
- Be willing to supply three personal references
- Be willing to obtain a physical examination (for all adults 18+ in the home), reflecting that you are free from communicable disease
- Have a current PA driver’s license, as well as current auto insurance on all vehicles
- Reside in a home that passes safety standards established by the state of Pennsylvania, and have current home owner’s or renter’s insurance
- Be willing to participate in our annual training program, which includes First Aid & CPR
- Provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment
- Be willing to become culturally competent, accepting and understanding the importance of cultural issues in family, community life, and treatment planning
- Be willing to obtain training on medication disbursal
- Be willing to follow the rules and regulations set forth by CFF
Our high assessment standards are in place to provide protection to our families utilizing the Therapeutic Foster Care services, as well as to our providers. Any information that is contrary to, or incompatible with, the above criteria will result in the denial of applicants.
If you feel you meet these criteria and would like to apply to be a Therapeutic Foster Care Parent please complete the Provider Application and if applicable, the Secondary Provider Application and send to Jill Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the completed application(s) to
Child and Family Focus, Inc
Attention Jill Taylor
500 North Walnut Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
What exactly is Therapeutic Foster Care?
Therapeutic means healing, and to foster is to nuture. Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) does just that: provides children with mental health needs an opportunity to heal in a nurturing, supportive environment.
What is the goal of Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC)?
The treatment of children in a family setting is the principal focus of this program. In most cases, reunification with the natural or legal family is the goal.
What is the role of a Therapeutic Foster Parent?
Therapeutic Foster Parents are invaluable to Child & Family Focus, Inc. (CFF), and play a pivotal role in the program. TFC parents serve as both caregivers of children with treatment needs (the foster role), and are catalysts of planned change (the treatment role). They perform the function of a loving parent, and at the same time are an integral part of a professional treatment team.
Do I have what it takes to be a TFC parent?
If you meet the Foster/Respite parent qualifications (see Who is Eligible? tab), are willing to participate in our annual training program, & can offer unconditional love and commitment to a child, then the answer is Yes!
Where do the children in need of TFC come from?
The children we serve come from natural family homes, other foster homes, residential treatment facilities, group homes, or psychiatric hospitals.
Am I expected to take in any child that is referred to me?
No, you are never obligated, and must be comfortable with and equipped to care for the children brought into your home. To help you decide if the placement is a good one, CFF will provide you with information on the child’s background, mental health, and behaviors. We respect the decisions of our providers, and understand limited preferences & resources.
How long will a child remain in my home?
The nature of foster care is temporary, with the hopes of reunification; however, each child’s situation is unique. A child may stay in your home for up to six months, a year, or even longer.
How do I handle a child leaving my home?
The goal of TFC is reunification, but meeting that goal can naturally leave an empty feeling. Just as parents raise their biological children, knowing one day they will leave their home, we must prepare foster children to do the same. There is never a replacement for a child, but when one leaves your home, there will undoubtedly be another one that needs your caring and support.
Do I receive financial reimbursement?
Yes, along with the intangible benefits that come with providing TFC, our providers receive a daily reimbursement to cover the costs of caring for the child, including health care. CFF does require that your income is sufficient to meet the needs of the family prior to becoming a provider.
What are my legal responsibilities?
TFC providers must have no criminal or child abuse record, as verified by the state of PA. Providers must live in a home that meets PA safety standards (determined during a home safety inspection and interview conducted by our agency, as well as a fire safety inspection, conducted by your local fire company). Providers must be willing to follow rules and regulations set forth by CFF.
What kind of support and training will I receive?
CFF provides clinical support, 24 hour/7 day telephone assistance, crisis support, & respite care, when necessary. Providers must be willing to participate in our annual training program, which includes First Aid & CPR.