At SCYAP, there are two different kinds of foster care: Therapeutic Foster Care and Traditional Foster Care. It can get a little confusing to try to figure out the difference between these two programs, but they are in fact distinctive services and the requirements and expectations of the foster parents providing Therapeutic Foster Care or Traditional Foster Care are also different.
While both Therapeutic and Traditional Foster Care provide a nurturing, safe, and caring home to children who require placement away from their families, the services provided to the children and youth and role of the foster parent is different.
SCYAP foster parents can provide either Therapeutic Foster Care or Traditional Foster Care, or they can provide both Therapeutic Foster Care and Traditional Foster Care (at the same time or independently), depending on the status and needs of the child(ren)/youth placed in their home.
Every day, SCYAP receives calls for foster care placements that we simply cannot make because there are not enough foster parents/homes to care for all of the children in need.
As a foster parent, you can make an immeasurable difference and change the life of a child for the better!
Foster parents that are able and willing to bring a child into their home and provide nurturing and care and a safe place to live are needed.
Foster parents that are able and willing to take on the challenges of working with children with special needs (problematic behavior, severe medical conditions, etc.) are needed.
Foster parents that are able and willing to stick with a child placed in their home and to be his/her only, or at least last, placement until permanency is reached through return home, adoption, or guardianship are needed.
Foster parents that are able and willing to keep sibling groups together are needed.
Foster parents that are able and willing to work with the child’s family to promote reunification are needed.
Foster parents interested in possibly adopting the child(ren) they take into their home when the child(ren) is/are unable to be reunified with the birth families are needed.