CHD Foster Care provides a variety of models to meet the needs of children entering the foster care system. All of CHD’s foster care programs provide therapeutic services and supports in a family-based placement.
The programs receive referrals for children and youth who are transitioning from a residential/group home level of care, discharging from a hospital setting or from state care, or who are new to state care. With the appropriate match and program strengths, safety planning and supports, children with fire-setting, sexual offending and sexual reactive behaviors, trauma, or various medical needs may be placed into a CHD Foster Care setting.
CHD offers a variety of foster care placement situations, including both short-term and long-term overnight care, emergency placements, a 90-day diagnostic program, placement for children with special medical needs, and a homefinding service that works with CHD caseworkers to find and maintain a stable supply of families to house children in all of CHD’s Foster Care programs. Additionally, we provide a higher level of care within in the foster care continuum called “intensive foster care” or IFC, which assists children with medical needs.
Intensive Foster Care (IFC) – Medical Program
This program provides care for children with medical needs, which do not meet the criteria for the CHD TLC Medical Residence Program. The children are in an IFC home, where therapeutic treatment plans are designed along with treatment plans to meet the medical needs. The children receive the support services from the nursing staff. Specific training for the foster parents has been required for children entering this program. It is often provided through the hospital staff prior to the child being discharged. Children entering this model of care are matched with a home able to meet their special needs.
TLC Medical Residence Program
TLC provides foster care to ten children with exceptional medical needs. These children are referred by The Department of Children and Families, through the Regional Medical Director. The treatment plans are designed to meet the medical needs of the child. Specific foster homes are identified for this program and trained extensively to meet the medical needs of the child.
At CHD, we believe that all children need time to just be children. Through Mary Anne’s Kids Fund, we are able to offer many special events and services throughout the year including Homemade From the Heart, a holiday party and a variety of other activities.
For the past 4 years the foster care program has celebrated Homemade from the Heart. CHD staff organize this holiday event to give each child the opportunity to personalize and create various crafty gifts to give during the holiday season. They are able to make Hanukah gifts, Kwanza gifts, and Christmas gifts. Each child leaves with their special gifts wrapped and ready for the special people in their lives. Each child can make as many gifts as they’d like. Over sixty children participate in the Home Made from the Heart each year. MaryAnne’s Kids provides the supplies and staff set up various tables and help with the creation of these crafty projects. In 2014, we will be celebrating the 5th Annual.
Thanks to the funds provided by CHD’s Mary Anne’s Kids the foster care program is able to host a Girls Group: GirlZ Just Wanna Have Fun. This group meets once a month. Each group provides a variety of social and learning activities, where each girl can work on their social skills while learning and having fun at the same time! We have hosted groups about self-esteem and hygiene. But also, we have had groups where the girls come and polish their nails, learn how to make bracelets, beach bags and other fun stuff. We have hosted Disney Movie Night and have various local field trips planned. In one occasion Evelyn Vargas, owner of Evelyn’s Bakery in Chicopee, MA provided a class on how to make a cake and decorate with fondant.
For more information about CHD’s Foster Care Program or to inquire about becoming a foster parent, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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