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Frequently Asked Questions...

Why do children come into foster care?
The primary reason children come into foster care is maltreatment. Child abuse and neglect are found in all socioeconomic classes, races, ethnicities, and religions.  When families’ abuse or neglect children and no other family member is able to care for them, foster care provides a safe alternative.


What is therapeutic foster care?
Therapeutic foster care, also called treatment foster care, involves placement of children with certain medical, emotional, and/or behavioral needs with specially trained foster families.  This type of foster care requires parents and the foster care agency to work closely together with the local department of social services to plan, coordinate, access, and implement appropriate services. 


Why do therapeutic foster parents need special training?
Children in therapeutic foster care have emotional, behavioral or medical needs that require foster parents to assist in developing and implementing a treatment plan to address these needs.  The training we provide you through PRIDE training (a nationally recognized training program developed by the Child Welfare League of America), as well as other specialized training provided by PTFC enables parenting of children with special needs.


How long does it take to become a therapeutic foster parent?
It takes from two to three months to complete requirements to become a therapeutic foster parent.  Initially, an interview must be completed in your home with family members.  You must submit an application; attend 27 hours of specialized training, undergo background checks, references, and a home study.  Thus, approval may take longer than three months, depending on the completion of the above tasks.


How do the finances work?
The agency provides monthly financial support for the care of children in foster care.  Foster parents receive a check once a month to help cover the cost of the child’s food, clothing, recreation and personal allowance.  . Current reimbursement rates are set by the Virginia Department of Social Services.