Treatment Foster Care

Why Choose La Causa Treatment Foster Care

Choose La Causa because you are family here! We pride ourselves in the relationships we build with our foster parents and the supportive network that surrounds each family in order for them to care for the children and youth in their homes. Our staff are passionate about what they do and how they can support you in this challenging but rewarding work.


“The best thing about La Causa’s Treatment Foster Care services is the people. Our Specialist explains everything in detail is always there for questions or concerns and is very supportive.”

- Foster Parent

“My Worker goes the extra mile to provide assistance for me and the kids.”

- Foster Parent

“My TFC Worker always listens to me and supports me.”

- Foster Parent

“My TFC Specialist supports me and I am comfortable talking to them. My foster family makes me feel like part of their family.”


“The things I enjoy about my foster parents’ are that they love me, support and care about me.”

- Foster Youth

“My worker listens to me and supports me; makes me feel comfortable and I feel that I am doing better in my foster care placement.”

- Foster Youth

“The La Causa Treatment Foster Care Program listens when things are not going right, give extra support and suggestions when needed and help steer us in the right direction. I am very satisfied with my TFC Specialist and the overall program.”

- TFC Foster Parent

“This La Causa worker is an amazing TFC worker. The best that I have worked with in the 12 years that I have been a case manager.”

- Family Case Manager

“The foster parents are very responsive and provide excellent care for the children. They work really well with the foster care team and they stay in contact with me to ensure I am up to date on what’s happening with the children.”

- Family Case Manager

“The TFC parent is always on top of things and very open minded. We need more foster parents like her. She never gives up as hard as things may be sometimes.”

- Family Case Manager
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What is Treatment Foster Care?

Treatment foster care is 24-hour care provided by licensed foster parents for children ages birth through 18 years old who cannot live with their parents because they are unsafe, have special care or treatment needs, or other circumstances exist where parents or family are unable to care for them. Oftentimes, the children may have emotional or behavioral issues that require close supervision and support. Generally, placement in foster care is temporary and intended to give the child’s family time to make necessary changes so that the child can live safely in his or her home and community. Most children in foster care return home to their families. When children cannot return home, they find permanence through placement with relatives, adoption, or other means.

  • Treatment Foster Care: Homes licensed for children/youth with treatment needs that require a higher level of care and support until they can safely return home to their families or identify another permanent placement. Treatment Foster Care provides safe and nurturing care to children by licensed foster parents and is generally temporary. Placement is intended to give families time to make changes so the child can safely return home.
  • Professional Foster Care Program: This program serves females age 13-17 who have a history of numerous placements, chronic running away behaviors or engage in risky behaviors in the community. One parent has to agree not to work outside the home and will receive an additional stipend.

Respite Care: Respite Care is an essential part of the overall support that foster families may need to continue caring for the foster child(ren) in their home. Respite means to take a break from the daily challenges of caring for a child with special needs. It can be planned for a few hours or for as long as a weekend. Respite providers are paid for their care of the foster child. This is a way to help children and families without going through the entire foster home licensing process.

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Becoming a Foster Parent

All foster parents receive a stipend and health insurance for the child.

Frequently Asked Questions & Topics

  • Phone screening with a Licensing Specialist
  • Receive information packet with background check paperwork
  • Complete an application and required paperwork
  • Schedule home visits
  • Complete 36 hours of La Causa pre-placement training

Parents have access to a dedicated Treatment Foster Care Specialist available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
They provide:

  • Pre-service as well as ongoing training
  • In-home visits
  • Support during the licensing process and during the placement

Treatment Foster Care parents (excluding respite care) must meet at least three of the following criteria.
Professional Foster Parents must meet at least four criteria:

  • A high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Minimum of one year of experience as a foster parent/kinship care provider with placement for one year
  • Minimum of 500 hours of respite care or break for another foster parent
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working with or parenting children
  • Advanced degree in an area of children’s treatment such as social work, nursing, medicine, psychology
  • A substantial relationship with the child to be placed through professional or personal experience
  • Work or personal experience for which the applicant has demonstrated a knowledge, skill, ability and motivation to meet the needs of a child with treatment needs

Contact us today to learn more at (414) 902-1902 or complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Treatment Foster Care Interest Form

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