Foster Parent Resource Center

Becoming a Foster Parent

Mother hugging child First Home Care provides the community-based and wraparound programming components in the Alternative Behavioral Services system of care. Established in 1991, First Home Care offers a host of services to children, youth and families:

Our services target the hard-to-serve, multi-problem children and youth and their families whose service needs may otherwise go unmet. This extensive array of wraparound services has enabled children, youth and their families to receive the care they need in their homes and communities, reducing the need for institutional or out-of-community placement.

These children and adolescents could benefit from a supportive, structured home with a loving, nurturing family. Therapeutic foster care provides the closest possible approximation of a normal family environment that can be achieved in an out-of-home placement. Every child deserves that opportunity and more. Maybe you can bring some light into a child's life!

What Do Therapeutic Foster Kids Need?

FHC Therapeutic Foster Care meets the needs of children and youth who have experienced traumatic or abusive situations and have emotional/behavioral issues as a result by providing them with treatment services in the least restrictive, most normalized environment. Children and youth placed in the therapeutic foster homes present with a variety of special needs:

  • Psychological
  • Emotional
  • Behavioral
  • Social
  • Educational
  • Criminal
  • Various types of sexual dysfunction
  • Teenage pregnancy and parenting
  • Medical
  • Substance abuse issues

The role of the therapeutic foster parents is central to therapeutic foster care. They serve as primary agents in the delivery of therapeutic services to the child and are the primary focus of intervention with children and youth in their care.

Therapeutic foster parents are provided with significant support from First Home Care including pre-service and ongoing training, 24/7 crisis intervention services, respite and caseworker support. FHC provides foster parents with an allowance for each child's clothing, personal hygiene, spending money, and room and board. Additionally, a tax-free income stipend is provided per month per child/youth to the foster parents.

How Do I Learn More?

For more information on becoming a therapeutic foster parent, please click here for the First Home Care Resource Center of Philadelphia. Contact Philadelphia First Home Care Resource Center at 215-305-4854.


Attention Parents:
Please contact FHC for an updated training calendar at 215-305-4854.


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