CSR believes that every effort should be made to build on the strength of the natural family system, to respond proactively to possible risks, and to prevent out-of-family placements. However, in situations where this is not possible, CSR’s Intensive Foster Care Program works to place children in stable, loving, nurturing foster homes. Our goal is to find both short-term and long-term placements for at-risk children and youth with a broad range of emotional, physical and developmental special needs. Reunification with the child’s biological family is our goal. When that is not feasible, care providers and staff work together to formulate an alternate plan for permanency such as kinship care, guardianship, or adoption.
Our caregivers are specially trained to handle the demands of caring for children. Foster parents receive eight weeks of intensive training and are supported by a full-time staff of social workers and case managers. They also attend bi-weekly meetings to discuss the progress of the children in their care and receive continuous training in effective foster parenting techniques.
The program is unique in its ability to utilize individual home settings to provide individualized care and therapy to address the specific needs of each child.
Our dedicated foster parents involve themselves in all aspects of a child’s development, serving as strong advocates and as an integral part of the child’s service team. Our foster families join with parents, extended family members, and when necessary, adoptive families to achieve service plans and permanency for children. This engagement is critical to successful visitation and reunification, and contributes to successful adoption placement when reunification is not possible.
CSR’s Intensive Foster Care Program is designed to assist DSS in placing children in culturally, linguistically and ethnically matched, approved foster homes within their own community. These homes may be unrestricted foster care resources or kinship families. The identification and support of kinship families is a priority for both DSS and CSR as an alternative to family foster care and as a potential resource for permanency planning. In addition, CSR providers collaborate with DSS in the support and management of these homes through the screening, assessment, pre-service, MAPP training and home study process.