Beginning in 1995, the treatment foster care component of the agency began due to our awareness of the need for children coming out of the residential programs of the agency to have a transition or “practice time” in a home setting. The treatment foster care program emphasizes ways for children to adapt the new knowledge and skills they have gained in residential treatment into a more intimate and community-based family setting. The practice families help children generalize their gains in the treatment program before going into families. These families are an aftercare resource for our other programs.
No direct referrals for this program are accepted from outside our other services.
In order to help health and stability, treatment foster parents are provided training beyond what regular foster parents receive. Specifically, they are trained to “translate” an abused child’s behaviors so that adults can respond to the underlying needs of the child, rather than take the behaviors at face value. Treatment foster care is designed to help abused children make a significant change toward emotional and behavioral health, and be able to use these gains to be able to experience success and belonging in the practice family and eventually their own family.
To provide a resource like this for the children who have been served by agency programs, Jasper Mountain staff certify that foster parents have the home environment, support, patience and skills needed to make a positive, lasting difference.
Jasper Mountain’s Treatment Foster Care program is able to help foster parents find success with difficult children. It takes courage and patience to promote positive growth with a difficult child. Above all, it takes teamwork and an openness to personal growth.