Intensive & Therapeutic Fostering

Our ‘intensive’ foster homes, also known as therapeutic fostering, are for particularly troubled children. Their backgrounds are such that they sometimes communicate their needs through difficult or challenging behaviours, rather than verbally.

Our intensive/therapeutic service

Our Foster Parents are all recruited for their thoughtfulness and creativity in responding to children’s needs and their ability to look beyond behaviours to see what a child is trying to communicate. Foster Parents caring for children who are regarded as needing an ‘intensive’ or ‘enhanced’ level of support must demonstrate these qualities, as well as a real commitment to providing the kind of continuing relationship that is such an important part of the healing process. The child eventually comes to recognise this commitment and responds positively to it.

That’s not to say that there aren’t going to be some bumps along the road. But that’s where AFA’s creative support comes in. We provide resources tailored to each circumstance, for example the provision of direct therapeutic input to the child, based upon assessed need. For all of our families supporting these arrangements clinical supervision is provided by AFA’s Therapeutic Lead, to help Foster Parents better understand and respond to children’s behaviour.

We know very well that Foster Parents who feel supported sometimes surprise themselves when they are helped to apply skills they were not even aware they possessed. Feedback from our Foster Parents who offer this level of support is that it can be challenging, thought-provoking, and sometimes edge-of-your-seat, but it is also hugely rewarding to have such a dramatic positive impact upon children’s lives.

Support for Foster Parents who care for a child on an intensive/enhanced arrangement

For all children who are in an intensive or enhanced arrangement, Foster Parents receive enhanced payments in recognition of their skills, their resilience, and their commitment. Support is provided by experienced social workers, and AFA’s Therapeutic Lead. We have a very strong record of maintaining ‘hard to place’ children within families.

Other intensive & therapeutic fostering categories

There are some sub-categories within our ‘Intensive’ service. For example, ‘Solo-Intensive’ where the child would not be matched alongside other children who are also being looked after, and ‘Step-Down from Residential’ where we support children previously living in Children’s homes to live in a family.

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