Foster Care Select Benefits

Why choose Foster Care Select over other programs?

The TFC program recognizes that our foster families are the most important members of a team dedicated to the safety and well-being of children with exceptional needs. To ensure that our foster families have the support they need, the program provides:

  • Staff available 24 hours/day:  Family Support Specialists are available by phone during regular business hours. After-hours support is available by phone with a masters-level clinician for support and consultation 24 hours/day.
  • Support and training groups: These support and training groups provide foster parents with an opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills and gain encouragement and support from one another. See calendar for all support/training group meeting dates.
  • Specialized Training: Foster parents receive 10 hours of pre-service training and 10 hours of child-specific training on caring for children with disabilities as well as ongoing trainings to continue to build foster parent skills.
  • Respite Care – Foster parents are encouraged to take advantage of respite care, which allows for vacation and time off from the daily responsibilities of taking care of a child with special needs.
  • Contact with staff: A Family Support Specialist will be assigned to your family. He/she will meet with you in person at least 2-4 times a month or as often as needed and will be available by phone.
  • Non-taxable reimbursement: Foster parents receive a tax-free stipend to cover a child’s expenses.
  • Access to mental health services:  Foster Care Select is part of Centerstone, a community mental health provider. Children in our homes have access to therapists, psychiatrists and medical staff who specialize in working with children, and other psychological services that are provided through mental health centers.