Why is there such a great need for Therapeutic Foster Parents?
Imagine a world where you are misunderstood; where people judge you because you sometimes act in ways you cannot control. What would that feel like? Would you feel abandoned or worthless? Would you begin to act out even more because you crave attention?
Unfortunately, many children who have been diagnosed with mental health needs – like bi-polar, post-traumatic stress, and ADHD – face all sorts of daily challenges. They often have difficulty in school, at home or in the community. Their parents or guardians may not have the ability or skills to cope with the behaviors. In turn, these children are left to their own devices. Without loving intervention, many of these children will end up homeless or incarcerated.
How do Therapeutic Foster Parents help these children, their families and the community?
Solid families strengthen our community and transform lives. That’s where loving and caring Therapeutic Foster Parents, like you, can help. As a Therapeutic Foster Parent you are:
- Providing a loving and safe home environment that leads to a child having a better life.
- Helping your foster child develop skills he or she needs to learn how to live with or eliminate their diagnosis.
- Giving the child’s parents the time they need to regroup and learn appropriate parenting skills.
- Part of re-uniting your foster child with his or her family – one that is stronger and more durable than before.
Who can become a Therapeutic Foster Parent?
You can become a Therapeutic Foster Parent if you:
- Are 21 years of age or older;
- Are in good physical and emotional health;
- Have a stable home and income;
- Are single or married;
- Can help a child transition back to their family or move on to a permanent placement;
- Willing to complete required training and become licensed by State of NC; and
- Willing to have patience and show support to the child in your home.
How do we support you as Therapeutic Foster Parents?
All foster homes are licensed by the State of North Carolina Division of Social Services. As Therapeutic Foster Parents, you will be given everything you need to become licensed so you can help a child with special needs reach his or her potential.
We want to see everyone succeed – you as foster parents, the child for whom you are caring, and the child’s family. You will receive initial and ongoing training so you can feel prepared and confident and will have the daily support of your foster care specialist. We strive to match you with the right child for you and your family so the placement will be successful.
As a Therapeutic Foster Parent, Brandi Nichole Family Enrichment Center provides you with:
- Financial Reimbursement;
- Extra Training (as needed); and
- A Professional Support Team available to you 24/7/365.
How do you get started?
We realize becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent is a big decision. That’s why we’d like to provide you with more information about the program and let you know about upcoming open houses. Please fill in the form at the top of the page to be added to our email list. You can unsubscribe at any time.
If you’d like to get started on the process of becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent right now, give our office a call at (828) 687-3776.