Therapeutic Foster Parenting options

Therapeutic Foster Care Parenting Options

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There are many ways that you can provide foster care to a child. Determine which option might work best for you:


Standard Foster Care

As a standard foster care parent, you will provide a nurturing home and stability for kids needing basic support for the trauma of out-of-home care.


Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care

Therapeutic foster care is a unique model of care that combines a nurturing family environment with therapeutic interventions, guidance and support dependent on each child’s needs. As a therapeutic foster home, you may provide care for children of all ages with mental health or behavioral needs. Therapeutic Foster Care serves youth and children with higher levels of clinical and therapy needs than children in standard foster care. Training and ongoing support is provided to the foster family. Professionals will work with you and the child in your home to strengthen the child’s skill set in the school and other settings as outlined in the child’s personalized treatment plan.


Intensive Treatment Foster Care

As an Intensive Treatment foster parent, you may provide care for children of all ages with more intense mental health or behavioral needs. LSS is committed to providing support and training to ensure our foster parents have the tools necessary to create a positive and healthy environment for the children in their care. In-home therapeutic support is provided from a mental health professional an average of 6-hours-per-week.


Extended Foster Care for YouthYoung man.

Youth ages 18 – 21 are eligible to remain in the care of a foster parent under specific circumstances. LSS foster care staff work with the foster family and the youth to determine if this is the best option.


Foster Care for Victims of Sex Trafficking

A specialized foster care program for sex-trafficked youth under age 18 provides safe shelter and a wide range of support to help them rebuild their lives.


Girl with disability blowing a dandelion.Host Homes for Foster Youth with a Disability

A unique service, Host Home families serve foster youth with a disability. Your family, the youth in your care and LSS will work collaboratively to design and implement a customized plan for day-to-day living.


For more information on becoming a foster parent, please visit our main foster care pages or contact your local LSS foster care coordinator.


Nondiscrimination Notice

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota services are available to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age.

Los servicios de los Servicios Sociales Luteranos de Minnesota están disponibles para todas las personas independientemente de su raza, color, credo, religión, origen nacional, sexo, orientación sexual, discapacidad o edad. Si necesita servicios de asistencia lingüística, háganoslo saber. Son gratuitos.

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