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Frequently Asked Questions about Therapeutic Foster Care

Q:  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 your family. 

Q:  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. 

Q:  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.

Q:  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.

Q:  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 placement decision. 

Q:  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 bed.

Q:  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 risk. 

Q:  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. 

Q:  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. 

Q:  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.

Q:  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.

Q:  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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Phoenix Area (Maricopa County)
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(602) 283-7107

Tucson Area (Pima County)
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(520) 576-5801