Behavioral Health


Treatment Foster Care Child

Children in Foster Care

Children in Therapeutic Foster Care come from various backgrounds and range in age from infancy to young adulthood. Besides the need for food and shelter, these children will have more complicated clinical and therapeutic needs when compared to children in the standard foster care system.

Foster care placement for these children will span as little as a few days to a year or longer.

Children in treatment foster care have special needs

All children in foster care are in need of out-of-home placement due to child protection issues, abuse, neglect, their own mental health needs or other reasons for which they are unable to remain in the care of their parents. Children placed in foster care often need to receive treatment or therapy. Some children have mental health needs and/or behaviors that require special care.

Whatever the past challenges, children in Therapeutic Foster Care need a stable and nurturing home environment while they and/or their parents receive the treatment or services needed to deal with and resolve the issues they are facing.

Training and support for foster parents >

Children placed in LSS homes are a lot like other children

Although children in Therapeutic Foster Care have special needs, they are much like other children the same age. They go to school, enjoy hobbies and spending time with friends, participate in school and community activities, and thrive in a nurturing environment. 

Meeting the needs of children in foster care

Foster parents are licensed through the MN Department of Human Services (DHS) and are part of a team that includes foster parents, LSS staff, a county social worker, a therapist, and other professionals.

The role of foster parents >