Group foster care and foster family home care will be provided in the homes of private families. Foster care will provide a milieu designed to improve a child’s general functioning where “consistent parenting” is emphasized and where daily routines are designed by the social work and treatment staff/team. Activities are designed to help youth develop acceptable social and coping skills.
Foster care for the infant and toddler will consist of nurturing and stimulation (e.g. tending to physical needs, cuddling, massaging).
Amazing Grace Child and Family Services provides structured behavior modification for youth that have emotional, behavioral,
psychological and medical needs.
The therapeutic foster care pro-gram consists of structured family living in agency verified family homes or group homes in which experienced, well-trained, professional foster parents and their families help emotionally
and behaviorally disturbed children to shape their skills and abilities to the point that they no longer require specialized care.
CASE SERVICE PLANNING
An initial service plan and intake study shall be completed and shared with the managing conservator, youth and foster parents at intake prior to program admission. This agency standard shall be maintained and monitored by the Child Placement Management Staff who shall approve all agency intake studies, initial service plans with the assigned agency case manager.
DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT AND MASTER INDIVIDUAL SERVICE PLAN
The diagnostic assessment and master individual service plan is completed within the first 30 days of placement, in consultation with the child, the managing conservator, the child's parent(s), Amazing Grace Child and Family Services staff, foster parents, and professional consultants. The multi-disciplinary team shall meet within 30 days of placement and develop the document.
INDIVIDUAL SERVICE PLAN REVIEW
The service plan is reviewed and updated by the interdisciplinary treatment team every three (3) months for those children identified as requiring Specialized Treatment Services. And every six (6) months for children identified as requiring Moderate Treatment Services and Basic Treatment Services. Addendum’s are made to the service plan as needed when individual treatment needs change
Experienced staff will ensure that the children's individual service plans are carried out, through at least two home visits per month and two telephone contacts per month. The Child Placement Management Staff will be available via cell phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support foster parents and youth.
PREPARATION OF FOSTER FAMILIES
Amazing Grace child and Family Services accepts experienced, successful foster parents or foster parents who have completed the required Agency Orientation, CPR/First Aid, Medication Training, Behavior Intervention Training and 30 hours of pre-service training. Thereafter, Amazing Grace staff and consultants shall provide training opportunities through which foster parents each gain 50 hours of in-service training per year.
TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM
A residential services program designed to serve children 14 years old or older for whom the service or treatment goal is basic life skills development toward independent living. A transitional living program includes basic life skills training and the opportunity for children to practice those skills.