Learn more about therapeutic foster care and some of the families that are giving kids the support they need to heal and grow.
"It’s as hard as everyone says it is but it’s also incredibly worth it. You’ll know you’ve made a difference." -Kayla Calton
What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
Therapeutic foster care (TFC) is a higher level of care for children who are in transition from residential treatment and need additional time and support in a structured home setting before returning to a permanent home. At other times, children already in a traditional foster home may need more support, so a TFC home may provide that right “step up” in care.
TFC parents can be the primary change agent in a child’s life. They help the child develop positive relationships and build social, emotional and behavioral skills.
Kayla and Sam Calton
Kayla and Sam first became foster parents in 2015. To date, they’ve fostered 20 children and are now a therapeutic foster family. One of their favorite things about transitioning to TFC is that they now can bring more teens into their family than they did in traditional foster care. “With young children, you see a lot of physical changes, but with teens you get to witness more emotional breakthroughs and development”.
The Caltons find it’s the small things that help build trust between them and their foster children, like being in the stands cheering their kid on at every game. Knowing that someone will show up for them for the big and small moments can be so healing for a kid who might not have had enough support earlier in their childhood.
Leroy and Barb Robinson
Leroy and Barb have been fostering for 43 years and have brought about 200 children into their home during that time and adopted 14 of them. Barb says that caring for children just comes naturally to her.
Fostering has been a full-time job for Barb during much of that time. Leroy is full-time now, but for many years he was an industrial arts teacher. So, naturally he taught most of their foster children skills like welding and carpentry. That sparked an interest in many of them, and even helped them find a career path.
Barb and Leroy find satisfaction in knowing they’ve prepared their kids for their next phase of life. “It’s a good feeling when you know they’re ready to be on their own,” notes Barb, who adds many of the now-grown children often stay in touch and come back to visit. “We’re always Mom and Dad to them”.
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