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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Treatment Foster Care?

Boys Town recruits, trains and supports Treatment Foster Parents, enabling them to care for the youth with behavioral and emotional issues in their private homes. Treatment Foster Parents care for youth, ages 2-18, who need more attention and treatment than is provided in a traditional foster care placement. A major focus of this program is teaching older children functional skills—social, independent-living or academic—that helps them to achieve success in school, with their families, and in work settings. Treatment Foster Parents receive 24-hour on-call support and treatment advice from Boys Town’s trained professionals.

How long will a foster child live in my home?

Children in foster care live in foster homes for varying lengths of time. Their stay usually depends upon a child’s individual situation and needs. Permanency planning (finding a place where a child can live and/or receive treatment on a long-term basis) begins the day a child is admitted to the treatment foster care program. In most cases, foster parents can plan on caring for a child for six to eighteen months, and on occasion, much longer.

How do I know if I have enough room in my home to temporarily care for a child?

You must have enough bedroom space so that a foster child has his or her own bed and dresser.

How much income do I need to be a Treatment Foster Parent?

You must make enough income to meet your own family’s needs. You are reimbursed for the costs associated with caring for a foster child.

What kind of training will I receive?

You will receive 35 hours of training prior to a child being placed in your home. This involves trainer-led instruction, which includes informational handouts, activities and videos. Ongoing monthly training is also provided to increase your knowledge and share new insight on how to help children in your home.

Other basic requirements:

Treatment Foster Parents must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, a working telephone and be financially stable.

For more information or to take the next step toward becoming a Foster Parent, contact Boys Town New England at 1-800-847-2025 or complete this online Foster Parent Application. Someone will contact you to arrange a personal visit and to answer any questions you might have.