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What is Therapeutic Foster Care? 

          The most general definition for “Therapeutic Foster Care” is the provision of comprehensive care and services for children who the State has determined require therapy as a part of other services due to a serious emotional, behavioral, medical or psychological condition. However, therapy comes in many forms to address many issues. Therapeutic Foster Care programs, like RCI-TFC, provide behavioral therapy, educational therapy, and therapy used to address psychological disorders with the help of medication.  Also, because RCI serves children between the ages of 0-21yrs, “therapeutic” can describe anything between newborn infants who were born addicted to narcotics to children and teenagers with bi-polar or personality disorders. 


What is Treatment Foster Care?


                       Treatment Foster Care is another name for Therapeutic Foster Care.

                     Similarly, Treatment Foster Children is synonymous with Therapeutic Foster Children.                               Similarly Treatment foster child is the same as therapeutic foster child 

Therapeutic Foster Care vs Regular Foster Care? What is the difference between treatment foster care and regular foster care?

              Therapeutic foster children often require a higher level of care, more intensive therapy (medical or psychological), more tutoring or other educational aid and more supervision.   Therapeutic foster children are usually temporary placements.  Many have reunification plans in place and are not for adoption.  While this is the norm, RCI has successfully handled several adoptions and we currently have children in long term placements (5+ yrs).  

 What does a therapeutic foster home look like? What does a Treatment foster home look like?
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 How are children placed? 

            After a child is removed from an unsafe living environment The State of Maryland’s Department of Social Services (DSS) for Baltimore City then places these children in homes and programs specifically designed to help them grow and mature.  RCI Therapeutic Foster Care is one such program.  They provide “wrap around” services in keeping with the PPKB model.  

Once a child is determined to be therapeutic, DSS contacts programs, like RCI, in order to place them in a foster home. 


At this time, our Child Placement Coordinator will contact foster parents who are both available and able to care for the child. 

 We never have children “waiting” to be placed, we never have a “waitlist” of children to “choose from” etc.  We place children in accordance with the availability of our foster families and with their agreement. 


How long would a Therapeutic Foster Child stay in a home? How long do Treatment Foster Children remain in a Treatment Foster Home?

In most cases, Therapeutic Foster Care (or Treatment Foster Care) is considered short term care.  Foster Parents provide care for less than five years as the child’s biological family works toward a reunion.


Also, though infrequently, children can be placed in long term care with a foster family.  This happens about 15% of the time and the child can stay in the home (with the foster family’s consent) for 5+ years.

 What about Adoption? 

While many foster children have permanency plans that include reunification with their families, some do not.  If this is the case, the child is likely to be placed up for adoption. 


RCI-Therapeutic Foster Care is not generally considered a “foster to adopt” program but adoption is possible and we have assisted in the adoption of several children to our foster families.


Does a foster parent choose a child to be placed in their home?  

Yes and No. 

 Yes, a foster parent has the ability to accept or reject a possible placement when the Child Placement Coordinator contacts them.   However:-we never have children waiting to be placed-we never have a waitlist of children to “choose from”-we never have children “in”-we never have notice of when we will be getting children “in”-we never have events that provide foster parents the option to “view” or “pick” children 


How do I become a Therapeutic Foster Parent? How do I become a Treatment Foster Parent?
If you would like to learn more about becoming a Foster Parent, view the requirements at www.RCITFC.ResidentialCare.4T.com or click on this link: Become a Foster Parent   

Select this link to learn more about who we care for: Therapeutic Foster Children. Treatment Foster Children



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