Are you considering becoming Therapeutic Foster Parents?
CFSS, Inc. provides Therapeutic Foster Care services (aka HCTC: Home Care Training for the Home Care Client) in the following counties:
- Coconino County – Flagstaff
- Maricopa County – Phoenix & Surrounding Communities
- Yavapai County – Prescott Valley & Surrounding Communities
At CFSS, the Therapeutic Foster Care program is known as Home2Home because we prioritize helping children and youth return to their home community after a time-limited placement in a therapeutic foster home. The goal of the placement is to form a connection between the Therapeutic Foster Parents and the child’s family so that shared parenting can occur, assisting in the development of the skills and supports necessary to transition home. Our Therapeutic Foster Parents play an important role by mentoring and coaching the child and family through this transition. CFSS offers competitive reimbursement and unparalleled supports. If this sounds like a role you would like to play, please contact us by completing the interest form.
Click on our list of important questions below for an overview of the Home2Home program.
- A safe, nurturing, and stable environment.
- An alternative to institutional care.
- Support for the child’s relationship with his or her family.
- Opportunities for the child or youth to build skills and find hope.
- A respite break or a full-time placement for a child in need.
Young people and children with behavioral health challenges can benefit from living with a trained, experienced adult who has the time, patience and expertise to teach new skills. Working side-by-side with the biological parents/guardian, your home can be a safe learning ground where families can build trusting relationships, practice decision making, and learn more successful ways of interacting with each other.
CFSS is seeking Therapeutic Foster Parents to provide full time placement to children and youth in their homes, typically for 6-12 months. Alternatively, the Home2Home program also needs Therapeutic Foster Parents who are willing to provide shorter term care through respite. Respite typically occurs evenings and weekends, when children and their families need breaks. Respite is another amazing way for a Therapeutic Foster Parent to connect with a family in need and provide Hope!
Why partner with CFSS?
SUPPORT and TRAINING:
- Daily contact from support workers: when you call, we respond!
- 24/7 On-Call Services: we provide support in emergency situations
- In-Home Consultant assigned to your family to help you navigate and excel
- Opportunities to network with other Therapeutic Foster Parents
- Excellent training, education opportunities and ongoing skill development
- Up to 5 days of paid break per year
- Opportunity to choose who you work with
- Referrals are well matched to your strengths and abilities
- Consultation Services
- Support Services through CFSS
- Opportunity to help children and youth from your home community return after placement elsewhere
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
- The average length of stay for a child/youth in the Home2Home program is 6-12 months. If you commit to doing this work for just one year, you are making a significant impact on youth and your community. (For a full time HCTC placement of one (1) year, CFSS’ competitive reimbursement rate would be commensurate with a teacher salary )
- By providing Therapeutic Foster Care to one child or youth, you have made a positive emotional imprint on generations to come.
- Youth who age out of the system by leaving a foster home at age 18, without achieving permanency through reunification or adoption, have SIGNIFICANTLY higher rates of homelessness, alcohol and drug dependence, and incarceration.
- Your neighbors, kids’ classmates, teammates and youth in your community are being moved to other towns and across the state because there aren’t enough Therapeutic Foster Parents to keep them home.
- Be 25 years old
- Have at least one year of foster care experience or experience working with children in the behavioral health field, medical field or education
- Pass a background check
- Obtain a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card
- Be willing to provide a full-time parenting environment
- Partner with the the young person’s parents, if involved, to resolve barriers allowing the young person to successfully return home
- Provide all transportation for the child
- Have a professional attitude
- Children and young people are drawn to you
- You are a safe person and kids can see that in you
- You listen to kids when they tell their story and you let them own their story
- You find yourself spending time with children and young people wherever you go
- You notice what is going on and stay open minded, rather than jumping to judgement
- You understand that children and youth who have experienced trauma may express it through big behavior
- Kids antics don’t really phase you; in fact, you relish the exuberance and enthusiasm of children and young people
- You are willing to stick by youth as they heal from trauma, even when things get really challenging
- You create opportunities for children and youth to discover themselves and create their own unique identity; you recognize their inherent strengths rather than focusing on weaknesses
- You prioritize your relationship with kids over consequences; you know that children’s lives are changed through relationship and respect
- You use “time-ins” rather than “time-outs” and prefer to keep your kids close
- You understand that all behavior is communication
- You give children and youth opportunities to contribute and develop skills. You allow them to participate, you expose them to learning opportunities and activities, you let them try/fail/try again with consistent, tireless encouragement
- You understand that children and youth who have experienced trauma and disconnection need the safety of a family in order to heal
- You help youth understand their trauma triggers and responses. You help them understand the link between their current behavior and their past experience
- You use interventions that help children and youth connect, rather than disconnect
- You understand that behavior is not usually willful or manipulative but is a trauma-response. In fact, many behaviors are developmentally appropriate or normal, healthy responses to grief, loss and trauma
- You know that no matter how difficult or ugly things were, kids care deeply about their family connections and you are willing to work hard to help them maintain those connections or create new ones
- You help youth understand that they deserved to get things they did not get as a younger child and this is not their fault and they could do nothing to change that circumstance
- You are compassionate, caring, flexible, tolerant, patient and committed to helping kids heal
- You role model self-regulation and you take care of yourself
The five pillars in the Pillars of Support are: Hope, Relationships, Physical Wellbeing, Skills, and Enjoyable Activities. These are areas we believe are universally important to every child, adolescent, young adult and family in order to be happy and successfully achieve goals.
The areas represented by the five pillars provide the day-to-day strength and support needed to deal with life’s ups and downs. The foundation of this framework is a family’s culture, strengths, preferences and community connections. These areas are the building materials for everything else that happens within the family. No individual pillar may be created or strengthened without a link to strengths, preferences, community connections and culture.
The Five Pillars of Support apply to the Home2Home program because they provide the framework for the partnership between CFSS, Therapeutic Foster Parents, children, youth and their families. Exploring the Five Pillars will be a key element to establishing goals and assisting families involved with Home2Home in striving after safety, stability and reunification.
Northern Arizona Contract
CFSS is contracted through .Health Choice Integrated Care, the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo, and Yavapai counties. Funds for services are provided through a contract with the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services and AHCCCS.
Maricopa County Contract
CFSS is contracted through Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County. Funds for services are provided through a contract with the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services and AHCCCS.