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Types of Foster Care

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Standard Foster Care

Standard Foster Care serves children that require a standard level of care. Each child is assessed after 60 days of placement in your home. If it is determined the child’s needs are greater than when they were originally placed, the level of care and monthly stipend may increase, and the child may qualify for additional services.

Intensive Services Foster Care

ISFC (Intensive Services Foster Care) serves youth who need a higher level of care, with support services in place. Additional training hours are required for your home to be approved at this level. Our ISFC program provides crisis management training, monthly parent support groups, and a higher rate of reimbursement.

Our target population includes youth and young adults who have complex needs which require more support than standard foster care services provide. These youth/young adults have typically failed in lower levels of care or have moved out of group home care. Our ISFC homes provide an opportunity for these youth and young adults who otherwise would not have an opportunity to live with a safe, loving family.

Our ISFC staff are able to safely determine the needs of the youth and young adults and create initial and ongoing safety plans that serve to reduce and prevent high-risk behaviors in the home.

Professional Parent

Professional Parenting, which is only offered in Santa Clara County at this time, is connected to our higher acuity specialty mental health programs. The goal of these programs is to connect with these youth while helping them transition to a permanent family connection. There are currently two models of care. One is short-term (60 days) and focuses on stabilizing youth of all ages before the youth joins a family. The second model is six-months and serves youth ages 5-21 who need a higher level of care. Both programs are committed to the concept that every youth and young adult, regardless of age or circumstance, needs family and that family is key to success.

Professional Parenting offers a generous stipend, specialized training, weekly support meetings, 24-hour crisis support, and flexible respite time that includes 48 hours of time each month and 4 hours of self-care time weekly.

We pride ourselves in the “no eject no reject” policy of any youth. In return, Professional Parents are fully supported to ensure that the placement of the youth is maintained.

Here’s what Professional Parents are saying:

“We love challenges and working with kids. When the youth succeeds it feels like a victory for me as well and makes the challenge worth more.”

“I feel I make and have made a difference in their lives.”

Read about Lupe Chapa Green’s journey to becoming a Professional Parent.

Respite Care

Respite Care is short-term care that is either planned or emergency care of a child or youth, and gives resource parents a break. It is highly recommended to have a back-up respite care provider identified. Often resource parents provide respite for other resource parents.

AB12 Extended Foster Care

AB12 Extended Foster Care benefits young adults ages 18-21. In it, resource parents help mentor a young adult to meet life challenges and learn life skills. The young adult lives in your home just as minor youth in foster care would. Eligibility requirements for young adults include being in school, or in a career training program, or employed. The program is voluntary and young adults may opt out of the program if they choose to. The resource family support must be flexible to meet the needs of the young adult.

Resource parents receive specialized training, case management and financial reimbursement.


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