Dare’s Intensive Foster Care program provides homes for children in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). In Connecticut, these services are known as Therapeutic Foster Care, and the children are in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). Many have been removed from their families after having suffered abuse and/or neglect. Other children come to us after becoming involved with the court system by demonstrating unruly, truant or runaway behavior. Some families voluntarily request services for their children to help them resolve the child’s issues outside the family home on a temporary basis.
If a child is not doing well in regular foster care provided through the state, DCF refers the child to Dare. Also, Intensive Foster Care often is a transition from or alternative to more restrictive programs, including residential treatment centers or hospitals.
Many of these children have serious emotional problems, mental illness or physical limitations. They require intensive supervision and structure to live in the community.
A foster parent is responsible for the foster child 24 hours a day. Intensive foster parents are part of a treatment team of social workers, therapists and other professionals designed to help children and families meet their goals.
Dare believes all of the children in our care should be returned home to their biological families as soon as it is appropriate to do so. When family reunification is not possible, our treatment team develops realistic plans for permanency. Permanency goals include adoption, guardianship, or, for older foster children, independent living.