Treatment Foster Care

Community Care’s Treatment Foster Care (TFC) program provides comprehensive services and supports to children and teens who are in the custody of the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Family pictureWe contract with, train, and support licensed foster parents who care for and provide therapeutic support to foster youth in their homes and within their families. Each foster child/foster family has an individualized support plan that is carried out by Community Care staff. This plan ensures that specific child and family needs are met.

Many children and teens have been helped through Community Care’s TFC program. Meet Brittany and Sam—sister (aged 8) and brother (aged 7) who had significant issues with feeling like they did not fit in or belong anywhere after being removed from their family of origin because their parents were unable to keep them safe for a variety of reasons. These siblings had been in 4 foster homes and were distrustful of most adults and had developed significant anger and oppositional behaviors by the time they had moved into one of our foster homes. The Community Care team quickly determined that these kids needed gentle guidance and consistent reassurance from the foster parents, a structured day schedule involving a positive reinforcement behavior program, group peer counseling and continued supervised contact with their original family. The Community Care team also involved a clinical and parenting support team from the agency to work with the birth family and with positive support from all parties—the foster family, the birth family, Community Care staff, and the kids—this sibling group was able to return to a safe and healthier home where the family was able to thrive.

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The services and support include:

  • Individualized treatment planning and implementation
  • Specialized case management
  • Direct care and support from trained staff
  • Family reunification support
  • Supervised visits with families of origin
  • Independent living skill building support and practice
  • Skill building and socialization therapeutic and support groups
  • Crisis support 24/7
  • Education support
  • Advocacy
  • Individual and group training
  • Clinical consultation and back up by a licensed clinical supervisor (LCSW)
  • Consultation 24/7 as needed
  • Support at all team meetings
  • Respite arrangements and support
  • Advocacy
  • Team facilitation
  • Pre and post placement support
  • Family of origin and sibling relationship support