Treatment Foster Care
When I first came to The Children’s Guild’s treatment foster care program, I was lost and alone. And even though I was really scared, I tried to be cool and act like it was no big deal. But the people at the guild accepted me for who I am, and were patient with me, and gave me the time and space I needed to figure some things out on my own. They supported me and helped me get my life back together again, and for that I’ll always be grateful.
Dear Foster Parents,
I hope you all are doing well, especially in this time of questions and uncertainty of the spread of the Coronavirus. I’m sure that you and your family have some anxiety around this, and wonder what will happen next. Just as I, I’m sure you have been bombarded with information about the prevention of the spread of this virus. However, I am attaching some information provided by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, that has some good information with your work with our youth who have been traumatized. I’ll highlight a few, but please read the attachment in its entirety; limit the amount of media that your youth is exposed to. Although the media is giving us the most up to date information, it can also be overwhelming to hear and can heighten our anxiety, especially in the case of our youth. Have planned conversations about the Coronavirus, discuss how your family plans to stay safe, and give your youth an opportunity to ask questions. Discuss the need to wash hands—soap and water for 20 seconds as best option, and hand sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available—and use social distancing by being at least 6 feet apart from others. I know that this can be a power struggle with some of our youth; remember to have a discussion with them on the importance of good hygiene, and share realistic consequences when following protocol and when not. I’ll add this; have food available for at least a month—some of our youth have experienced neglect and a traumatic experience due to the lack of food and have a history of hoarding. Make sure that you have their favorite foods and snacks available to help with the fear that may be felt with the thought of food running out.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) has waived the practice of face to face contact for a limited amount of time. Starting the week of March 16, 2020, we will make virtual home visits for the limited time period determined by DSS. We will be using WhatsApp, FaceTime, and Zoom as our main telecommunication platforms, which can be downloaded on your phone, tablet/iPad, or computer. Instructions on accessing, monitoring and communicating on Zoom will be sent to you.
We will now have our foster parent trainings, starting March 26th, live on line, via Zoom. All foster parent trainings both on the first Tuesday and third Wednesday will be provided via Zoom. Information on how to access Zoom will be send to you. If there are any difficulties in accessing Zoom, you can reach Jillayne van den Brink at 443.992.6221.
The Foster Parent Appreciation Celebration event and Community Partners Group’s foster parent recruitment event at Department of Corrections will be postponed until further notice. We will continue to keep you informed as things progress to see where we stand in our current decisions and future events. If you have future questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
More than just foster care. Treatment Foster Care.
Treatment Foster Care is for children who have complex emotional problems and challenging behaviors due to adverse childhood experiences and the resulting trauma. These children cannot be responsibly served in a traditional foster home and are better served in a home and family setting, with highly trained, nurturing, and supervised treatment families, as opposed to a facility.
The goal of our Treatment Foster Care program is to teach the children and youth the values and life skills necessary for a successful life – one filled with caring, contribution and commitment. In order to achieve this goal, our families and staff provide trauma-informed services and care to each youth with the goal of developing resiliency.
The Children’s Guild Treatment Foster Care program adheres to the Program Standards of the Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA).
After the Pre-service training, the potential foster parents are assessed via a home study, where a social worker will interview you and adults in your home on family history and current day to day lifestyle. Once completed your will become a certificated treatment foster parent.
Newly certified treatment foster parents are expected to attend at least six trainings in the first six months. Foster parents are given the opportunity to attend two trainings a month. Caseloads for licensed Masters in Social Work (MSW) Clinicians are small to allow for extensive supervision, training, and support of the treatment parents as well as case management and counseling for the child.
The Children’s Guild Treatment Foster Care Program stresses permanency for each child in the program with the majority of youth discharged going to family settings including adoption.
Become a Treatment Parent
The Children’s Guild is recruiting treatment foster care parents in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, and Howard counties.
Foster Parent Training
When you become a foster care parent with The Children’s Guild, you will embark on a three-phase professional development and training experience that is both comprehensive and life-enhancing. Parents first learn and master or educational philosophy, Transformation Education, then build skills for being a successful treatment foster parent. Finally, parents participate in a home audit to ensure their readiness for foster parenting.
Parents in the Treatment Foster Care program receive specialized pre-service training in Transformation Education (TranZed), our approach to teaching children the values and life skills necessary for a successful life; one of caring, contribution, and commitment. Our training helps parents provide a home environment that stresses life skills, character development, wellness, spirituality, education, career exploration, citizenship development, study skills, and cultural experiences.
Ongoing training for treatment parents includes trauma-informed interventions, crisis intervention skills, life skills development, and brain-based interventions, as well as discussions and groups for support
Following the initial certification as a Transformation Education Foster Home, foster parents receive annual TranZed re-certifications and participate in 40 hours of continued training each year.
For more information about Foster Parent Training please contact us.
Be A Foster Parent
Becoming a treatment foster care parent is a special gift you can give to a troubled child as well as yourself. Take this short quiz to see if foster parenting is right for you.
- Have you ever been told you have a way with kids?
- Are you the type of person who looks beyond behavior and what people are saying to understand what the child really wants and needs?
- Are you interested in making a genuine difference in the life of a traumatized child?
- Are you looking to provide a safe and nurturing home for a vulnerable and traumatized child?
- Are you looking to enhance your personal growth and your family’s?
If you answered yes to three of these questions, you could enrich your life and your family’s life, while receiving a tax-free stipend, by opening your home to a foster child.
If you’re not sure foster parenting is right for you, read Becoming A Foster Parent FAQ.
Upcoming Foster Parents Pride* Training Schedule
2ND QUARTER 2020
May 5, 2020
The Children’s Guild Alliance
6802 McClean Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21234
FOSTER PARENT PRIDE TRAINING:
Week 1 – June 6, 2020
Week 2 – June 13, 2020
Week 3 – June 20, 2020
*PRIDE stands for Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education. It prepares and educates families that are interested in providing foster care or becoming adoptive homes for children in the foster care system.
Benefits of Being a Foster Parent
- Create relationships that last a lifetime, by opening your home to a young person who is a good match for your family.
- Earn a dependable second income at home.
- Receive a tax-free stipend that pays for the needs of the foster child and reimbursements for your efforts parenting a child.
- Earn additional stipend after achieving Transformation Education (TranZed) Certification status.
- Obtain life-enhancing, professional training, and child-specific training to carry out every aspect of your foster parent role.
- Support for Foster Parents: When you become a treatment foster care parent with The Children’s Guild, you receive specialized support and assistance that will guide and enhance your foster parenting experience including:
- Weekly face-to-face contact with you and the young person in your home
- Activity planning support for family trips and outings
- Professionals on call for you 24 hours a day to support you when you need it
- Respite services
- Readily accessible outpatient mental health services