TFC & FCT Programs

Every day, ordinary people are doing

extraordinary things by opening their

homes & hearts as foster parents.

YOU CAN TOO!

Open your home to a child in need.

 

CRI’s Therapeutic Foster Care  (TFC) program cares for children ages 6 and older in the DCF system. Our foster parents provide structured, loving homes for children who need more time and attention than the average child. These are children who have been abused and neglected, children who have suffered trauma, children who need adults who understand that they are having a hard time and need some patience and guidance.

A Therapeutic Parent is a part of the foster child’s team of professionals…people working together to help this child to succeed in life to the best of his or her ability.

SUPPORTS FOR THERAPEUTIC PARENTS (TFC):

Your Social Worker will visit you and your foster child once a week. He or she is available to you
by phone between visits. Our social workers help you with your child’s behavioral and emotional issues, help you navigate the foster care system, and support and encourage you in your job as a foster parent. Your social worker and his or her supervisor work as a team to help make your foster care placement a success.

CRI’s Behaviorist offers additional in-home support for families with children in behavioral crisis. He will develop and implement behavior plans for children and provide behavior training for foster families. He will also complete school observations and work with school staff on appropriate behavioral interventions in the school setting.

CRI’s Registered Nurse is involved with our medically complex children. She visits these children quarterly and goes to their specialist medical appointments with the foster families. She also sees all of our foster children upon their admission into our program.

Emergency On-Call System There is always a CRI Social Worker or Social Work Supervisor available to you in case of emergency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The on-call responsibilities rotate between your social worker and his/her colleagues, who all meet weekly to discuss the children on their caseloads so that get to know each child and can be of constructive help to families with emergencies.

Medication Management CRI has an APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) who is available for psychiatric medication management for our children. Her services are especially useful to new families who do not yet have a doctor or psychiatrist in their own area. She has office hours at our Southington Office and in Rocky Hill.

To become approved as a TFC foster or pre-adoptive parent through Community Residences, Inc. you must:

  • Call Brittney at (860) 621-7600 x117 or email bkilfeather@criinc.org to set up an in-home interview
  • Complete the approval paperwork, which includes things like letters of personal reference, medical forms, family questionnaires and background checks.
  • Attend our TIPS-MAPP Foster Parent training (if you are a two-parent household, both parents must go to training) in our training facility at 50 Rockwell Road
  • Have two home study interviews in your home (including all household members who live with you)

 

Family & Community Ties
Foster Care. Foster Hope.

For more information call
Laura Noonan @ 860-621-7600 Ext. 261

lnoonan@criinc.org

Home is a shelter from storms- all sorts of storms” – William J. Bennett

Are you and your family prepared to help provide a child in need shelter from the storm?

Family and Community Ties (FCT) programs provide support for children within the DCF system that require additional support than that of our TFC program.  A fairly new program, which started in 2012, the purpose of this special program is to help integrate these children into a home setting with wrap services.  The children in this program have spent a great deal of time in residential settings and therefore, know more about being a “client” than being a part of a family.

FCT is a model of foster care that trains families to professionally care for these children on a long term basis by offering intensive support systems within their home as well as the community.  With continuous support, this program helps to re-introduce children into a family setting where they can succeed in all aspects of life.

We serve children in need of support beyond the level of Therapeutic Foster Care while keeping them in a home setting. With paid training, consultation and 24-Hour support, our foster parents become heroes in the lives of at-risk children, helping them to build healthy relationships and a better tomorrow.

Supports for FCT Parents: Similar to our Therapeutic level parents (as seen above) , CRI provides the assistance of a Behaviorist, Registered Nurse and our 24 Hour a day, 7 days a week Emergency On-Call System. Where this program differs is in the other supports and trainings we offer.

  • CRI’s Clinicians/Case Managers:  This support team will work closely with the FCT family and child at least once a week but additional visits will be provided based on the needs of the individual family and child.  He or she is available to you by phone between scheduled visits. Our clinical staff with support you with your child’s behavioral and/or emotional needs, help to navigate you through the foster care system and support and inspire your role as a foster parent.  Their goal is to help make your foster care placement a success.
  • Monetary Stipend: FCT foster families will receive a daily stipend of $82.00 to help them provide for the needs of the foster child.  There are also special monies available for services such as tutoring, summer programming, specialized therapies, recreational and talent opportunities.
  • Ongoing Training:  FCT foster parents are provided with ongoing training opportunities throughout the year.  Our families benefit from keeping their skills up to date, learning about new parenting techniques, and exploring the issues that their foster children face.  This level of care also includes, client specific trainings, support groups and post trainings.

If you are interested in becoming a Family & Community Ties foster parent:

Please contact Laura Noonan to set up an in-home interview at (860) 621-7600 x261 or Toll Free at (888) 737-7775 x261 email lnoonan@criinc.org

Now, you may be asking yourself what the qualifications are for becoming a foster or pre-adoptive parent…

  • Are you 21 years of age or older?
  • Do you have a car and a valid driver’s license?
  • Do you have a working telephone?
  • Do you have a clean criminal record and DCF record?
  • Do you have a job or means of supporting yourself and your family?
  • Can you (and your spouse) complete the 32-hour CRI training program?
  • Do you have a bedroom for a child to sleep in, either to have as their own or to share with your child who is between the ages of 6 and 16?
  • Do you have experience with children?
  • Do you have the time to devote to a child and his or her needs?
  • Do you have the willingness to work with a child’s behavioral and emotional issues every day?
  • Can you love a child for who he is, regardless of the daily trials and tribulations of raising him?

Then you can qualify to become a foster or pre-adoptive parent!

Can’t commit to a child full time right now?  How about respite?
Respite care is like “professional babysitting” for foster children.  You would be the one that foster parents turn to for a break, whether that is for a weekend, a few afternoons a week after school, or to cover a foster parent’s out of town trip. The approval process is the same as described above for foster parents (minus some of the usual paperwork!) but the long-term commitment is at your own level according to your own schedule.  Call me or email me for more info!  Laura  888-737-7775 x261 or lnoonan@criinc.org