What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
A Proven Treatment Model
TFBH provides many of the same services available at a residential setting without the same amount of restrictions.
Specialized Support Services
All staff members are trained and/or licensed professionals.
Staff includes: Caseworker; Social Worker; Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse; Professionally-Trained Resource Parents
Comprehensive Clinical Services
All services are coordinated through the TFBH Treatment Team in collaboration with the children, Department of Social Services (DSS) caseworkers and resource parents.
In addition, we are part of a larger agency that can provide a greater number of services to assist in transition back home when the child and their family are ready.
Who Are The Children in Therapeutic Foster Care Programs?
- We serve children between 4 and 21 years of age. I changed this as we revised it recently; and asked the Development Office to put the revised brochure in our Public Folders.
- The child must be in the custody of a county DSS agency.
- The child needs to be considered emotionally disturbed.
- The child must be able to function in public school; this may include BOCES, Adolescent Day Treatment, etc.
- The child must not need 24-hour supervision.
- We accept referrals from any Department of Social Services.
- An ideal step-down program for a child in residential care.
A Leader In Applying Evidence-Based Practices
Our program model is a progressive therapeutic foster care program.
- Research indicates therapeutic foster care can reduce youth violence by 70%.
- The financial savings to the community can be as much as $14 in court and corrections systems costs for each $1 spent in therapeutic foster care.*
- In addition, the number of crimes committed by youth and incarceration rates dropped by 57% when compared to youth in standard residential care.*
*CDC Media Relations, July 2004
Program Services Include:
- Individual Case Management
- Individual & Family Therapy
- 24-hour Crisis Intervention
- Psychiatric Evaluation & Treatment
- Behavior Modification
- Regular Home Visits
Strengths of the TFBH Program
- The youth in TFBH are placed in our homes to avoid placement in a more restrictive environment.
- The TFBH Program staff works to identify, create and build on strengths to allow for success for both family and youth.
- We strive to provide the most effective therapeutic environment possible for the youth, and emphasize the importance of including any family in our treatment model.
- It is essential in our experience to create a nurturing and safe home setting that encourages the child’s growth and development.
- We attempt to meet the needs of each individual child, and adapt our treatment accordingly.
- We recognize the resiliency within children and work very hard to build on these inherent strengths as well as to help the youth learn and mature.
- Treatment works to create permanency for the youth, i.e. adoption or independent living resources.
For more information or to make a referral to this program, contact:
TFBH Program Director
390 Crystal Run Road
Middletown, NY 10941
Tel: (845) 344-3166
Fax: (845) 692-0062
Program brochure (PDF file)
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