How can you give hope a home?
Northern Rivers Family of Services offers many opportunities to partner with families in the community to give hope a home. There is a full continuum of ways a family can become involved with the mission, from having a child overnight occasionally to adopting a child for a lifetime. Especially now with access to both Parsons Child and Family Center and Northeast Parent and Child Society, potential foster families have a unique opportunity to find their best fit.
Therapeutic Foster Care serves children who are in need of an out of home placement. These children have been removed from their caregivers as a result of abuse/neglect or PINS petitions and placed with certified foster families. Foster Parents with children in Therapeutic Foster Care receive at least weekly home visits with the Clinical Case Manager assigned to each child. These children usually have a high level of behavioral and emotional needs which requires well trained and supported Foster Parents. Foster Parents also receive respite when needed to maintain placements.
Specialized Foster Care is similar to Therapeutic Foster Care although the needs of the children are lower and Foster Parents receive less contact and support from the program.
Children in Therapeutic Foster Care and Specialized Foster Care are usually in the process of returning home to their parents or relatives. There are times that Foster Parents are open to adopting children if they do not have a permanency resource. Some teens decide to remain in Foster Care and work on Independent Living Skills.
Overnight Respite Services are provided by Foster Parents when children need overnight respite. These children may be in the foster care program or home with their birth families. This respite can be offered on a recurring weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.
Hourly Respite Services are provided by per diem employees. These respite providers work with children in the home or community and base their activities on the child’s treatment goals and individual interests.
Bridge Families are needed to provide twice a month respite for youth placed in Residential care. These youth often have limited access to normative family experiences and need assistance in becoming successful in family settings. Bridge families offer these youth hope, a model of family life, a viable adult resource and emotional support.