What is Intensive Treatment Foster Care?
Some foster kids have significant emotional and behavioral problems and need the support of a team of professionals working together to help them heal and thrive. Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) was created to meet the needs of these special kids. ITFC serves as an alternative to high-level group homes or community treatment facilities and is a joint initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Hathaway-Sycamores Children and Family Services, and several area foster-family agencies. Through ITFC, high-risk foster kids are placed with foster parents who will provide care for only this one youngster. The overarching goal of the team and foster parents is to help the youngster replace problem behaviors with positive behaviors so that he or she can succeed at home, in school, and out in the greater community. Currently, there are not enough families available. You can help. Become an Intensive Treatment Foster Parent and be a part of the team that is making a difference in the lives of these extraordinary kids.
Why become an Intensive Treatment Foster Parent?
Every child deserves to have a parent figure who is looking out for their best interest and will stick with them, even through the tough times – someone who will attend meetings with teachers, cheer them on at soccer games, help them get the help they need with homework and be available to hear their anger and sadness about their separation from their family. Click here to read about two of our Intensive Treatment Foster Parents, Chris Hopgood and Morton Lee.
What kind of support would I get?
You will receive a monthly reimbursement of $2100 per month and 24/7 support from you foster care social worker. You will also team up with the child’s therapist, and in-home support staff who will guide you every step of the way. In addition to completing a minimum of 18 hours of standard foster-parent training, ITFC parents complete at least 22 additional hours of training to earn in-trauma informed care certification.
Interested in finding out more information?
If you or someone that you know is interested in learning about the certification process please email or call our Foster Parent Liaison Lizette Scott on our toll-free line and Lizette will schedule an appointment with to meet with you.
Foster Parent Liaison
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, fill out the application form and email it to Lizette Scott or fax the completed form to (626) 794-9148. Click here to download the Foster Parent Application Form.