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Therapeutic Foster Care

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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is a distinct, powerful, and unique model of care that provides youth with a nurturing and therapeutic family environment combined with active and structured treatment services.

TFC provides a least-restrictive, family-based setting for children and adolescents whose special needs (behavioral, health, legal, etc.) would place them at risk for placement in more restrictive residential settings. TFC programs are both clinically effective and cost effective. TFC provides youth with a safe and supportive home to live and grow.

The special needs of foster youth are met through the nurturing, modeling and teaching provided by therapeutic foster parents and through the therapeutic interventions, guidance, support and education provided by a mental health practitioner.

A mental health practitioner is assigned to each foster home and will be available 24 hours a day. The practitioner will assist in teaching adaptive social skills and responses that equip children and youth to deal effectively with their individual circumstances.

A treatment plan is established that includes measurable goals and identified outcomes addressing a foster child’s needs.

Therapeutic foster parents and staff are committed to working with the foster youth, their parent(s)/family and the treatment team. Foster parents are well trained in safety, diversity, medication monitoring, mental health, attachment, treatment plans and more. Training is personalized to the child or youth in their home. Ongoing training and support are also provided.

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