Therapeutic Foster Care
Therapeutic Foster Care provides out-of-home care for youth who have behavioral needs that exceed what can be provided for in a family home or traditional foster home. JYS holds a child placement agency license issued by the State of Alaska, and recruits, trains, licenses and maintains high quality therapeutic foster homes. JYS TFC homes are provided extensive training, guidance and support, allowing these homes to successfully take in youth who may be unsuccessful in traditional foster homes or alternative placements.
Contrary to what the name may suggest, youth placed in the TFC program are not necessarily youth who are in foster care. TFC is often used as a step-down placement for youth who are transitioning out of a higher level care, such as residential treatment or hospitalization, but are not yet prepared to return to the family home. Youth in the TFC program remain in the legal custody of their guardians, and the TFC program often provides short-term placements to youth who are in the custody of their parents.
In addition to high-quality, trained foster homes, the TFC program also provides case management services, 24/7 on-call support, and clinical supports, including individual and family therapy.
The TFC program utilizes the Teaching-Family Model to support youth in developing social skills, problem-solving skills, and self-regulation skills.
The TFC program is highly focused on supporting youth in obtaining permanency, whether through reunification with family, or adoption. TFC is not a permanent placement for youth, but rather a stepping-stone to support youth in developing the skills needed to successfully move to permanent placements. In the case of families who are working toward reunification, JYS provides extensive support to ensure youth and family readiness through clinical services and case management
JYS is actively recruiting therapeutic foster families. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a therapeutic foster parent, we would love to hear from you! You can reach The Link at (907) 789-7610, Link@jys.org or by fax, (907) 789-8443.