Information Session - Treatment Foster Care
May 24, 2018
Middletown, DE – Curious about becoming Foster Parent Strong? Cayuga Centers Treatment Family Foster Care program invites those considering foster parenting to an information session Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 6 – 8 pm at 292 Carter Drive, Suite A, Middletown, Delaware, 19709. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Shayne Jervey at 302-257-5848.
The therapeutic foster care program serves hard-to-place Delaware youth who cannot stay at home and have difficulties in a group setting. Cayuga Centers places these youth with highly trained and supported foster parents who work with a team of specialists to meet the goals of healing from trauma and learning to self-regulate emotions and behaviors.
Program director Shayne Jervey oversees the staff consisting of a program manager, homefinder, clinician, and skills trainer to provide strong support to the foster parents, as well as to the youth and their family of origin. The foster care team members will welcome those interested in learning more about the therapeutic foster care program, giving a brief overview and answering specific questions.
Strong support for foster parents includes a daily phone check-in with staff to share successes and describe areas of concern. 24/7 on-call support helps the foster parent handle unusual situations, and a biweekly support group meeting offers additional training and guidance. Foster parents become a vital part of the treatment plan for their foster child. Youth benefit from a strong program that includes weekly individual therapy with a focus on healing from trauma, and life skills training. These services are coordinated by the program, rather than contracted with outside agencies.
The program seeks couples or individuals interested in providing a safe, secure home to help care for children whose families are in crisis. Foster parents represent many cultures, races, faiths, lifestyles, gender identities, and sexual orientations; they may be in their mid-20s to early 70s. Some have already raised children and others have no children of their own. Foster parents must be age 21 or older, have a bedroom for the youth in a safe, stable home, and have a monthly household income (salary, pension, public assistance or Social Security). No matter their background, foster parents are an important member of the therapeutic foster care team and a valuable asset to a child’s healing.