Initial Orientation – (IMPACT) All foster parents attend an in-depth training, which discusses the role of the foster parent as well as many children’s issues. The orientation assists foster parents in providing quality foster care by helping them learn about the issues children in treatment foster care are dealing with (i.e. sexual abuse, trauma, substance abuse, suicide, offending behavior, behavior management/modification, sexuality, and normal adolescent behavior and working with birth families).
The Therapeutic Foster Care Program of Seeds That Grow, Inc provides emergency and long-term foster care placement for children in Georgia.
Treatment Foster Parents provide 24-hour therapeutic care to children ages 0-21 and who cannot live at home due to previous neglect, emotional, physical, sexual abuse and/or a current family crisis. discusses the role of the foster parent as well as many children’s issues. The orientation assists foster parents in providing quality foster care by helping them learn about the issues children in treatment foster care are dealing with (i.e. sexual abuse, trauma, substance abuse, suicide, offending behavior, behavior management/modification, sexuality, and normal adolescent behavior). Monthly Support Group Treatment Foster parents meet with other foster parents on a monthly basis to discuss feelings associated with foster parenting and receive support from one another. The TFC Case Work Manager facilitates these groups and offers information, feedback, and behavioral and cognitive interventions as how to deal more effectively with children in care.
Educational Training Foster parents attend 25 primary parent and 15 secondary parent hours of educational training per year surrounding treatment issues. Topics may include eating disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, dual diagnosis, learning disabilities, teen parenting, sexuality, and sexual offenders.
Home Based Support A Therapeutic Foster Care Case Manager meets with the foster parent on a weekly or bi-monthly basis to discuss any problems/concerns they are having with the foster child. The Therapeutic Foster Care Case Manager provides support and psychosocial education to assist the foster parent in effectively dealing with the child.
24-Hour On-Call Treatment Foster parents are urged to contact the Therapeutic Foster Care Case Manager ’s 24-hour on-call service at any time, whether for added support, guidance, information, or intervention.
Crisis Stabilization Services
Program provides individual crisis stabilization services to children who are in out of home care due to abuse, abandonment or neglect in Specialized Treatment Foster Homes.
A comprehensive assessment of the youth’s strengths and needs are evaluated. Youth are placed in the crisis respite home for 90 day assessment. In-home clinicians and Seeds That Grow Inc., utilize individual and family counseling, case management and psycho-education that are customized according to youth needs and include crisis intervention, intensive case management, mental health diagnostic assessments, assessment for Psycho-pharmacological management and medication education, collateral contacts, direct therapeutic interventions, and crisis stabilization to support stability in their crisis respite home, and 30 days after care for transition to permanent placement. Additionally we advocate for youth at Individual Education Program meetings, DFCS or DJJ meetings, and meetings related to mental health and the placement needs of children and youth in foster care.
Services are provided in-home. Therapists and Seeds that Grow Inc., work with youth, treatment foster parents, DFCS or DJJ workers, families to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, and provide on-going reporting, case management and appropriate placement recommendations. The goals of the program are to address the youth’s mental health needs, diminish the safety risks, and to stabilization of disruptive behaviors. There is a high level of involvement with families, natural support systems, foster parents, community volunteers, legal guardians, and community partners.
Crisis intervention services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
Crisis Intervention Goals:
Provide care at any time of day to prevent exacerbation of a psychiatric condition
Provide crisis intervention to prevent injury to the individual or others
Provide treatment in the least restrictive setting aiming to prevent hospitalizatiion
Introduce and mobilize resources for the individual, the family and the community to address the current difficulties
Coordinate external resources, as necessary, to improve the functioning of the individual/family
Coordinate all services being provided to the individual for an integrated delivery system.
Providing Aftercare services for 30 days after youth has been permanently placed.