Levels of Involvement
Northern Rivers Family of Services, through our member agencies Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center, serves children who need an out-of-home placement. These children have been removed from their caregivers as a result of abuse or neglect or person in need of supervision (PINS) petitions and are then placed with certified foster families. The programs are able to serve children from birth to age 21 with all levels of behavioral needs. We gladly accept all referrals either on an emergency basis or using an extensive matching process. We believe that with the right match any child can be successful living with a family.
At Northern Rivers, we offer many opportunities to partner with families in the community to give hope a home. A family can become involved with the mission in many ways, from having a child overnight occasionally to adopting a child for a lifetime
There are choices for your level of involvement. You can be a respite parent where you care for a child on a limited basis such as weekends, a full-time foster parent, or adopt a child for a lifetime. Regardless, you will help a child.
Therapeutic Foster Care
Therapeutic Foster Care serves children in need of out of home placement. These children have been removed from their caregivers as a result of abuse/neglect or PINS petitions. Foster parents receive at least weekly home visits from 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.
Specialized Foster Care
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. These children 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
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
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 childs treatment goals and individual interests.
Bridge Families provide twice a month respite for youths placed in residential care. These young people often have limited access to normative family experiences and need assistance in becoming successful in family settings. Bridge families offer them hope, a model of family life, a viable adult resource and emotional support.