Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent
Each year over 3,000 Montana children enter foster care due to abuse, neglect and other serious difficulties within their families. However, the number of foster families available to provide safe, caring homes for these children has not kept up with the need.
Are you interested in becoming a Foster Parent, offering Respite Care or receiving Training?
Therapeutic foster parents provide a safe, loving home to kids in their care with comprehensive, wrap-around, and trauma-informed support from a team of professionals helping youth to be resilient in the face of mental and behavioral health challenges.
Respite care provides a needed break for therapeutic foster parents and caregivers enrolled in our Family Support Services. Providers welcome children into their homes for up to 48 hours at a time, assisting parents with self-care and reducing stress.
Have you connected with a Family Development Coordinator to get licensed as a Therapeutic Foster Parent? Are you ready to begin with training? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then let’s get started!
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Therapeutic Foster Parent Resources
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What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
What are the requirements to be a therapeutic foster parent?
The bedroom requirement is not applicable for those that would like to become respite parents.
What is the process for getting licensed?
What about training?
We offer training for our therapeutic foster and respite parents through multiple avenues including books, classes, and online training, so that you can choose what works best for you. Therapeutic foster parents can complete training at their own pace, and online training is available to them 24 hours a day. We offer ongoing training support to our therapeutic foster parents in the form of support groups, parenting classes, and online training. Learn more here.
What kind of kids do we see in foster care?
What is the matching process?
What is the difference between Youth Dynamics and the State?
Youth Dynamics works to make sure that therapeutic foster parents have all of the information about potential foster care placements upfront. This ensures that children are a good fit and that there are no surprises which can result in placement breakdown.