Therapeutic Foster Care

Family Services of Westchester’s Therapeutic Foster Care program recruits, trains, and supports specially certified foster parents to offer loving, stable homes for children who are unable to live with their birth parents or family members at the present time for various reasons.

What is therapeutic foster care?

Therapeutic or treatment foster care (TFC) goes above and beyond typical foster care because the youth served may have medical or behavioral health needs that require more intensive and ongoing intervention and treatment than traditional foster care.

For example, a foster youth placed in a therapeutic foster care home may have an individualized treatment plan that calls for weekly individual therapy, weekly supervised family visitation and ongoing medication support.

The goal of therapeutic foster care placements is to return the foster child to his or her home environment as soon as safely and practically possible.

Who can become a foster parent?

Foster parents in New York state, must be:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Legal residents of the United States
  • Have an annual income that can support
    adding a child to your home

How do I become a foster parent?

  • Attend an orientation session
  • Complete the foster parent application, a child abuse clearance form, be fingerprinted and provide
    current medical reports and supplemental documents
  • Complete a Foster Parent Training Workshop
  • Participate in a home study

What resources and support systems do foster parents receive?

  • Financial stipend for the childman and a woman hugging a teenage boy
  • 24-hour emergency services
  • Ongoing therapeutic support
  • Training programs for foster parents
  • Events, social gathering and support groups

What resources and support systems do foster children receive?

All planning is specific to the needs of the child and his or her family (birth family, resources,
a legal guardian, etc.). This includes:

  • Intensive therapeutic interventions using trauma-focused practices
  • Mental health treatment
  • Health insurance
  • Independent living skills training
  • Referrals as needed


For more information, read our FAQs HERE


Contact Information and Next Steps:

To find out more and/or begin the process of becoming a Therapeutic Foster Care Parent, please contact:

Beth Bernardone, Program Director
(914) 305-6891