What do we mean by “Therapeutic Care?” Our understanding starts with this post and continues for twelve additional posts to cover the complexity of Therapeutic Foster Care. I am glad you have chosen to take this journey with me and hope that you finish with a better and more caring understanding of what is therapeutic about Therapeutic Foster Care. — Please press play and let’s get started.
As we continue our journey into therapeutic foster care, it will help to pause to consider your personal vision for children in your care. — Please press play to listen.
Later, we focus on maladjusted children. Here though, it is important to understand what it means to be a well adjusted child. — Please press play to listen.
The goal for each abused and neglected child coming into the agency’s care is safety, permanence and well being. Understanding what “well being” means for the child and for foster parents is critical. — Please press play to listen.
Children learn many things from many sources. Unfortunately, the lessons learned by abused and neglected children are most often both very sad and frequently developmentally devastating. — Please press play to listen.
Over the past several years, the expectations for foster care and foster parents have changed. The level of commitment and expertise required for a successful foster placement have become more complex and increasingly challenging. — Please press play to listen.
In years past, safety was the primary and usually only goal for abused and/or neglected children. Now we know that safety is not enough. Children need a stable, permanent home where they can grow and develop, without being moved, sometimes again and again. — Please press play to listen.