Frequently Asked Questions about Therapeutic Foster Care
How do I become a therapeutic foster parent?
A: The process of becoming a
foster parent requires between two to four visits to your home and completion
of state-mandated training. The
licensing worker assigned to you will gather necessary paperwork, interview all
household members, and help prepare you for the safety inspection of your
home. All household members must pass
criminal and Department of Child Safety (DCS) background checks. Devereux’s training and screening process
encompasses a mutual selection platform so that a fully informed decision can
be made about whether becoming a therapeutic foster parent is right for you and
What kind of specialized training does Devereux provide?
A: Training is provided to
all foster parents. Additionally, your
spouse or domestic partner will be required to attend training, as
applicable. CPR, first Aid, or other
training may be required for licensing, and additional training is provided
year-round to foster parents interested in further education. Visit our training schedules for the Phoenix
[training link] or Tucson [training link] areas.
Are there any fees to become a licensed therapeutic foster parent?
A: Devereux does not charge
foster parents for training or licensing.
Q: How long does it take to become a licensed
therapeutic foster parent?
A: On average, it will take
approximately four to six months from the time you are enrolled in class until
you become licensed. The quicker you
complete all the requirements (fingerprint clearance card, CPR/First Aid
training, etc.) as well as necessary paperwork, the sooner you will progress
through the licensing process.
Where will my therapeutic foster client come from?
A: A client may come from
another foster home, a group home or a residential facility. Our client referrals originate from health
insurance plans, managed care organizations, and Regional Behavioral Health
Authorities (RBHA’s) as funded by the state behavioral health system and
federal tax monies. We also receive
clients from various tribal entities throughout the state.
Will I get to meet the client before he or she is placed in my home?
A: Yes, you will get to meet
the client and in most cases, have a visit in your home before making your
Will a foster client need their own room?
A: Most foster clients may
share a room with someone of the same gender.
They will need space for personal belongings and be provided their own
Do I have to take any client you call me about?
A: No. Prior to becoming
licensed, you and your Devereux licensing worker will decide what type of
clients would be a good match for your family.
When we call you with a potential match, we will provide you the
necessary information about the clients for you to make an informed decision
before scheduling a meeting or visit.
Note that we focus on the safety of our clients and of your family above
all else, so we don’t call you about any client we feel may present a safety
Do you offer financial compensation?
A: Yes. You will be provided financial compensation
to cover the costs of caring for a therapeutic foster client. This compensation is provided to cover
expenses such as room and board, mileage, clothing, recreation, and
allowance. Additionally, clients in
foster care have full medical coverage.
What kind of supports will I be provided as a therapeutic foster parent?
A: Devereux will provide
frequent visits to your home by a specialist assigned to your family, a 24-hour
emergency contact number, and 14 days of respite per year. Your specialist will be able to provide you
with resources, training, and other supports as needed.
What if I decide being a full-time therapeutic foster parent isn’t for
me right now?
A: There are many
opportunities to help our clients without becoming a full-time therapeutic
foster parent. You may be able to
provide short-term respite to foster families, as well as donate, or
volunteer. Visit our Get Involved page for ways to support our foster care
programs and clients.
How long will clients remain in my home?
A: This varies depending on
the circumstances of each client and their individual situation. It could be a
few months to a few years or longer. The
average length of stay is around 9 months but it varies greatly.
Where and when do clients visit their family of origin?
A: In the children’s program,
that is largely determined by the treatment team* in conjunction with the legal
guardian and courts for those clients in Department of Child Safety (DCS)
custody. For those clients not in state
custody, there is no real restriction on visitation and that would be worked
out between you and the client’s parents.
*In the adult program,
the clients would largely be able to decide when these visitations occur.
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