Types of Foster Care Provided
Outcome Focused Foster Care - Children live in the homes of families selected and trained to meet the special needs and deal with problems as part of our treatment team. Each child in care will receive the following services: comprehensive casework, counseling, appropriate medical care, and psychological and psychiatric consultation.
Kinship Foster Care - This program is designed to assist caretakers who have assumed the responsibility to care for a child through formal kinship care arrangements. Families United Network provides these families with professional, educational, informational, and advocacy services to support them in providing care to the child. The goal of this program is to work closely with the child's family and all outside support systems to help promote permanency for the child- whether that be reunification, adoption, permanent legal custodianship, or long-term kinship care.
Specialized Medical Foster Care - Our Medical Foster Care Program is designed to meet the needs of children and youth by allowing them to be treated by a licensed practitioner on an outpatient rather than inpatient or institutional basis. Children live in the homes of families selected and trained to meet the medical, emotional, and behavioral needs of the child.
Urgent Foster Care - This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help in unplanned emergency placement situations that need immediate, same day, out of home placement. This service is provided for a maximum of seven days. If foster care placement is still needed, then the appropriate arrangement with be made.
Intensive Foster Care- This program is for children and adolescents who have a higher degree of social, behavioral, and/or mental health needs. Individuals placed in Therapeutic Foster Care receive at least weekly case management, and have highly skilled and trained resource parents to provide a structured and nurturing environment for the child. Each resource family will receive adequate pre-service instruction and is expected to participate in additional annual resource parent training.
Transitional Foster Care- The Transitional Foster Care Program is designed to service youth of either gender whose age is 16 or older. It is essential that youth be prepared educationally, financially, knowledgeably, and with the proper mental health framework in order to succeed on their own. Well-trained resource parents are needed to provide understanding, structure, and support.
Mother/Child Foster Care- This program provides foster care placement to adjudicated youth and their infants. Each individual will receive the same services provided within Specialized Foster Care. Independent Living and parenting skills are key components in this program.
Respite Care- This program is designed to meet the needs of the placing agency when temporary short-term placement is necessary. This service is used to provide temporary foster care for a child not placed with our agency. In addition, this service is available to adoptive families and also birth families. A minimum of 2 days notice is required to plan for the respite.