Become a Foster Parent | Therapeutic Foster Care

Are You an Experienced Parent or Caregiver? Therapeutic Foster Care May Be Perfect for You! 

There are more than 9,100 Kentucky children and teens in foster care, and you can change a child’s life by becoming a foster parent! Fostering provides a child who has experienced abuse or neglect with a safe, loving environment. On top of this, it gives you the opportunity to show a child the love and care they deserve while growing emotionally, mentally and spiritually as you teach life skills and give support.

KVC Kentucky provides Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC), a program that includes individualized, therapeutic support to youth with medical, developmental, emotional, or behavioral needs who require a higher level of support than is given in a traditional foster home. The program provides caregivers with additional supports to allow youth with elevated needs to be successful in a community-based family setting.

Being a Therapeutic Foster Care home is a great fit for parents and caregivers who have had some experience caring for youth. In our TFC program, you will: 

  • Undergo free, specialized training to meet the needs of the youth in your care 
  • Play a large role as part of the youth’s therapeutic team 
  • Receive a higher reimbursement rate than that of general foster care to meet the needs of the child 
  • Have access to 24/7 support from KVC, including therapists and additional supervision for the youth as well as support groups and therapists for TFC parents 

The main goal of Therapeutic Foster Care is to provide children with elevated needs with the least restrictive placements in family settings. TFC parents provide services to children that have been abused, neglected or have experienced serious traumatic events. These children often have difficulty regulating their emotions and may present challenging behaviors. These children have often had multiple placements and need extra support from loving caregivers.  

Click here to contact a foster parent recruiter.

Guidelines

The requirements for becoming a foster parent vary from state to state; however, to meet general requirements in Kentucky you must:

  • Be able to provide a nurturing and supportive home to a child in need
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be either single or married
  • Be able to meet basic income guidelines
  • Be able to provide adequate bedroom space and a separate bed for each foster child
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be willing to complete 30+ hours of free Therapeutic Foster Care Training which includes nine in-person classes and six online classes. This course can also now be completed entirely online. Click here to get started.
  • Agree to use non-physical discipline for children
  • Be willing for everyone in your household to undergo complete background checks. 

Click Here to Learn More About the Training Class, Which Can Now Be Completed Virtually.

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Training Requirements 

Before and after a child is placed in your home, KVC gives your family the tools and training needed to ease the transition, ensure a positive stay, and help the child adjust to life changes. Pre-Service and continuous training is provided to make sure you have the skills necessary to meet the child’s needs. 

Throughout your foster parent experience, we provide in-home therapeutic and case management support services. Our Foster Care Clinician Specialists work hand in hand with you and other important people in the child’s life to create an individualized plan with the goal of increasing the child’s well being and helping them during difficult transitions. 

What Can you Expect from KVC Kentucky?

Before and after a child is placed in your home, KVC gives your family the tools and training needed to ease the transition, ensure a positive stay, and help the child adjust to life changes. Pre-Service and continuous training is provided to make sure you have the skills necessary to meet the child’s needs.

Throughout your foster parent experience, we provide in home therapeutic and case management support services. Our Foster Care Clinician Specialists work hand in hand with you and other important people in the child’s life to create an individualized plan with the goal of increasing the child’s well being and helping them during difficult transitions.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Foster Parent page.

Support for TFC Families includes:

  • 24 hour access to In Home Therapeutic and Case Management Services
  • Unparalleled pre-service and continuing education
  • An enhanced daily rate from that of general foster care to support the youth 
  • Support groups
  • Respite Services
  • Parents night out!
  • Organized Foster Parent and Children Activities and Events
  • Annual Foster Care Conference

We understand that the decision to foster a child is complex and important so we work with our Foster Parents at a pace they are comfortable with. KVC KY provides individual consultations in your home or at our offices to provide support in helping you decide if Foster Care is a good fit for you and your family. Together, we carefully identify your strengths and needs and place children in your home collaboratively to ensure the best chance of success.  Ready to learn more? Click here to request more information.

KVC serves its families equally, without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.

Click here for free resources for becoming a foster parent.

Want to speak to a foster parent recruiter? Click here!

Have additional questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Foster Care page.

Foster to Adopt

In some cases it is possible to adopt a child through foster care. When a child is removed from the home, every attempt is made to return that child to their home or with a relative. When a parent’s rights to the child are terminated, the Department for Community Based Services will seek out an adoptive home. We collaborate with state agencies to move the child into adoption when a family is willing to become a forever family for the child.