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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



CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
  • Complete an Application packet
  • Complete 40 hours of ITFC specific training (for a total of 60 precertification hours).


COMMON ITFC CLIENT CHARACTERISTICS

  • Excessive Tantrums
  • Poor Impulse Control
  • Premature sexualized behaviors
  • Verbally Aggressive 
  • Argumentative
  • Poor Boundaries
  • Chronic Truancy
  • Compulsively Sexually Active
  • Sexually Acts out
  • Requires a lot of structure
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Depressed
  • Hyperactive (ADHD)
  • Prior Juvenile Justice Involvement
  • Prior Suicidal Attempts
  • Suicidal Ideation and Gestures
  • History of Property Destruction
  • Oppositional Defiant
  • Stealing
  • Compulsive Lying
  • Anxiety Attacks
  • Physically Aggressive towards peers


COMPENSATION

ITFC Foster Parents receive a monthly stipend of $2100


SUPPORT SERVICES

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

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions link and/or send us a request for information.  ​
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