Minnesota Treatment Foster Care

Minnesota Treatment Foster Care

Returning children to a family environment is a high priority, and Treatment Foster Care (TFC) provides the structure and support needed for a child to return to such an environment when s/he isn’t yet ready or able to return to their own family. This team approach to treatment includes individual, family and group therapy for the children as well as respite care for the foster parents.

The program's social workers provide intensive, specialized support and advocacy for each treatment foster care family and child in placement. Home visits to each treatment home occur at least monthly, and telephone contact occurs at least weekly. FCC has a 24/7 on call social workers available for any emergencies with TFC youth or for referals for respite services. Treatment interventions, safety plans, and supportive resources are identified and implemented with the assistance of the case manager. In addition, all foster children receive monthly face-to-face visits from the Treatment Foster Care staff.

Returning children to a family environment is a high priority, and Treatment Foster Care (TFC) provides the structure and support needed for a child to return to such an environment when s/he isn’t yet ready or able to return to their own family. This team approach to treatment includes individual, family and group therapy for the children as well as respite care for the foster parents.

The program's social workers provide intensive, specialized support and advocacy for each treatment foster care family and child in placement. Home visits to each treatment home occur at least monthly, and telephone contact occurs at least weekly. FCC has a 24/7 on call social workers available for any emergencies with TFC youth or for referals for respite services. Treatment interventions, safety plans, and supportive resources are identified and implemented with the assistance of the case manager. In addition, all foster children receive monthly face-to-face visits from the Treatment Foster Care staff.

Components of Treatment Foster Care:

Independent Living Services: All Youth in Treatment Foster Care (TFC) that are 15 and older will be assessed for independent living skills. These youth have the opportunity to work on the skills needed within their TFC home as well as with a TFC social worker in the community. They will have at least two meetings per month within the community attending social events, learning activities and developing life skills.

Individual Therapy: Each TFC youth will meet with an individual therapist at least two times per month. If a youth requires specialized therapy, staff will match them up with a resource, fulfilling that need whenever possible. When family therapy is appropriate, TFC staff will connect the family and youth with services.

24/7 On-Call Social Worker: In order to answer questions and deal with crisis situations, TFC has a 24/7 on-call social worker that is accessible by phone to all TFC families.

Respite Care: Youth are able to engage in respite care to have a break from their foster family. During respite episodes, providers are encouraged to have youth in the community to work on social and independent living skills.

Transportation for home visits: TFC staff and parents have the ability to provide transportation for home visits if need be. TFC staff have also brought parents to the TFC home and paid for hotel rooms or gas cards so visits can occur. Staff have also monitored visits for short periods of time between family members when possible.

Community Respite Care: TFC also offeres community respite care to children and youth not in foster care. This can be planned respite or can be offered in an emergency situation.

Components of Treatment Foster Care:

Independent Living Services: All Youth in Treatment Foster Care (TFC) that are 15 and older will be assessed for independent living skills. These youth have the opportunity to work on the skills needed within their TFC home as well as with a TFC social worker in the community. They will have at least two meetings per month within the community attending social events, learning activities and developing life skills.

Individual Therapy: Each TFC youth will meet with an individual therapist at least two times per month. If a youth requires specialized therapy, staff will match them up with a resource, fulfilling that need whenever possible. When family therapy is appropriate, TFC staff will connect the family and youth with services.

24/7 On-Call Social Worker: In order to answer questions and deal with crisis situations, TFC has a 24/7 on-call social worker that is accessible by phone to all TFC families.

Respite Care: Youth are able to engage in respite care to have a break from their foster family. During respite episodes, providers are encouraged to have youth in the community to work on social and independent living skills.

Transportation for home visits: TFC staff and parents have the ability to provide transportation for home visits if need be. TFC staff have also brought parents to the TFC home and paid for hotel rooms or gas cards so visits can occur. Staff have also monitored visits for short periods of time between family members when possible.

Community Respite Care: TFC also offeres community respite care to children and youth not in foster care. This can be planned respite or can be offered in an emergency situation.

Offering Three Levels of Care:

Enhanced Foster Care is designed for children who require the support of a professional team. These youth experience occasional disruptions in the home, school and community.

Treatment Foster Care is designed for children who require significant therapeutic interventions in multiple areas of their lives. These youth have persistent disruptions in the home, school and community.

Exceptional Treatment Foster Care is designed for children who require highly trained foster parents teamed with experienced support providers who are prepared to address sever disruptions in the home, school and community. Many of these youth present safety risks in these settings to themselves or others, and needs may be extreme. Children at this level require intensive resources to remain in a community setting.

Offering Three Levels of Care:

Enhanced Foster Care is designed for children who require the support of a professional team. These youth experience occasional disruptions in the home, school and community.

Treatment Foster Care is designed for children who require significant therapeutic interventions in multiple areas of their lives. These youth have persistent disruptions in the home, school and community.

Exceptional Treatment Foster Care is designed for children who require highly trained foster parents teamed with experienced support providers who are prepared to address sever disruptions in the home, school and community. Many of these youth present safety risks in these settings to themselves or others, and needs may be extreme. Children at this level require intensive resources to remain in a community setting.

Program Highlights:

  • FCC has extended our TFC services into southeast Minnesota. Minnesota TFC currently has six licensed families and are currently accepting referrals.
  • Treatment level, out-of-home care in a family setting for children aged birth to 18 years experiencing disruptions in the home, school and the community.
  • TFC utilizes a relationship based, multidisciplinary team approach with in-house social workers, therapists, a clinical supervisor and child psychiatrist.
  • Features highly trained treatment level forster parents, all residing within Winona or within one hour of Winona.

Program Highlights:

  • FCC has extended our TFC services into southeast Minnesota. Minnesota TFC currently has six licensed families and are currently accepting referrals.
  • Treatment level, out-of-home care in a family setting for children aged birth to 18 years experiencing disruptions in the home, school and the community.
  • TFC utilizes a relationship based, multidisciplinary team approach with in-house social workers, therapists, a clinical supervisor and child psychiatrist.
  • Features highly trained treatment level forster parents, all residing within Winona or within one hour of Winona.

Philosophy of Care

The philosophy of our TFC department and agency is to utilize positive behavioral support. Treatment foster care staff and parents implement a team approach valuing communication among all team members. Treatment foster care utilizes a relationship based, multi-disciplinary team model with in-house social workers, therapists, a clinical supervisor, respite coordinator and child psychiatrist. All of the TFC parents licensed by Family & Childnren's Center have continued training including CPR/First Aid, crisis prevention intervention, diversity training, positive behavioral support meeting one time per month to discuss providing care for youth and problem-solve concerns that they are having with youth in their homes.

Philosophy of Care

The philosophy of our TFC department and agency is to utilize positive behavioral support. Treatment foster care staff and parents implement a team approach valuing communication among all team members. Treatment foster care utilizes a relationship based, multi-disciplinary team model with in-house social workers, therapists, a clinical supervisor, respite coordinator and child psychiatrist. All of the TFC parents licensed by Family & Childnren's Center have continued training including CPR/First Aid, crisis prevention intervention, diversity training, positive behavioral support meeting one time per month to discuss providing care for youth and problem-solve concerns that they are having with youth in their homes.

To make a referral to Treatment Foster care or for Respite, or to discuss a specific case, please contact Alyssa Passehl at (507) 453-9563 ext. 1107 or apassehl@fccnetwork.org.

To make a referral to Treatment Foster care or for Respite, or to discuss a specific case, please contact Alyssa Passehl at (507) 453-9563 ext. 1107 or apassehl@fccnetwork.org.

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