INTENSIVE TREATMENT FOSTER CARE (ITFC)
The Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) program serves foster children whose needs or behaviors place them at risk of being placed in a more restrictive home environment (i.e. group home). There are various negative experiences that precipitate children’s placement in the foster care system (i.e. neglect, abuse, abandonment). Many foster children develop negative coping behaviors as a result of their experiences. In addition, many foster children enter the foster care system with some “learned behaviors” which often prove to be dysfunctional and inappropriate in healthy environments. Children in the ITFC program are generally between the ages of 4-14 but can be any age between 3 and 18.
ITFC FOSTER FAMILY ELIGIBILITY
Perspective ITFC Foster Parents must meet all of the basic eligibility criteria of a Therapeutic Foster Parent. They must be, at least, 25 years of age, and meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:
- Have a minimum of one year experience as a foster parent; or
- Have 18 or more semester credits in the area of child development, behavior management, social work, or psychology; or
- 1 year experience in working with emotionally disturbed children.
In addition to one of the above requirements, prospective ITFC foster parents must:
- Demonstrate a willingness to support and participate in collateral services with the foster child.
- Have sufficient time and flexibility to meet the needs of the foster child.
- Be willing to commit to a minimum of six months working with an ITFC foster child to allow time for the behaviors to stabilize and decrease.
- Be willing to work with a team of professionals (in and outside of the foster home) to meet the needs of the child
- Complete an Application packet
- Complete 40 hours of ITFC specific training (for a total of 60 precertification hours).
COMMON ITFC CLIENT CHARACTERISTICS
- Premature sexualized behaviors
- Compulsively Sexually Active
- Requires a lot of structure
- Prior Juvenile Justice Involvement
- Suicidal Ideation and Gestures
- History of Property Destruction
- Physically Aggressive towards peers
ITFC Foster Parents receive a monthly stipend of $2100
ITFC Foster Parents receive ongoing support and training. Some of the support services provided are:
- Minimum of 48 paid respite hours per month
- Minimum of 40 hours of services from a Support Counselor who works directly with the child and foster family.
- Weekly support from assigned Social Worker
- 24-hour on-call emergency assistance
- General and client specific training