For Social Workers and Child Advocates

Therapeutic Foster Care

Woman talking to little girl.

The well-being of the child is at the heart of what we do. We strive for stability, safety and health moving children and families toward permanency. Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is a unique model that provides youth with a nurturing and therapeutic family environment combined with active and structured treatment services.

Our Services include:

  • Emergency shelter care
  • Extended foster care
  • Foster care adoption
  • Intensive treatment foster care
  • Specialized training for foster parents
  • Relative/kinship care
  • Respite care
  • Standard foster care
  • Therapeutic host homes for youth with a 245D waiver
  • Treatment foster care

Why Choose LSS?

  • LSS TFC Foster Care licensing goes above and beyond mandated requirements, so foster families are well-prepared to nurture and guide the children in their care 
  • We are a trusted nonprofit, respected for high-quality, evidence-based treatment
  • We are a leader in creating innovative models to provide care and support to all Minnesotans since our inception more than for 150 years ago
  • Certified through the Council on Accreditation
  • We are committed to being culturally responsive and affirming of all people

What You Can Expect:

  • Therapeutic approach that focuses on safety, permanency and well-being 
  • Case management and assistance with partnering agencies
  • Clearly defined treatment plan with measurable goals and identified outcomes 
  • Therapeutic interventions, guidance, support and education provided by a mental health professional or practitioner 
  • Multi-disciplinary Treatment Team Meetings
  • Comprehensive matching process with a clinical perspective
  • 24/7 staff availability for crisis or emergency consultation

TFC house infographic

We look forward to working with you to provide the best care possible to children in out-of-home placement.

Access placement, referral, evaluation and other forms.

To learn more about our services or to make a referral, please  contact your local LSS foster care coordinator.


LSS Therapeutic Foster Care