Therapeutic Foster Care
DCCH has been operating a therapeutic foster care program since 1999. In 2002, we began adoption services for our foster parents wanting to offer their child a forever family.
Foster children have the same needs as any kids, but they have faced some very difficult circumstances. The majority of children in our program come from traumatic backgrounds including neglect and abuse. We care for children from birth to eighteen years of age. However, the most urgent need is for foster families to provide for school age children. The children are boys and girls, from all races, and represent many diverse cultures.
The average length of stay for a child is six months to two years. The goal of the program is for the child to be reunited with the birth family, but when this is not possible, adoption or independent living may become the plan. Foster parents will usually have first choice as adoptive parents for the child.
We need families willing to open their hearts and homes, and help change the life of a child. Children deserve to have a stable and loving family prepared to provide a nurturing and structured environment.
Respite providers are not foster parents; however they are essential because they provide foster children and foster parents short term relief or childcare. Respite may be provided by the hour, overnight, a weekend, or a week.