Therapeutic Foster Care

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Our Mission The Permanency Services Programs are committed to supporting and empowering children and family caregivers to build and maintain strong, healthy family relationships that last a lifetime. We do this using a team centered, family centered approach that is clinically sound and is validating and respectful of individual difference, culture and tradition.

Our Services Permanency Services offers two foster care programs that support House Arthighly skilled foster parents and children throughout the state of Connecticut.

(TFC) Therapeutic Foster Care Youth who have
experienced emotional trauma and have some behavioral challenges.

(TFC-E) Therapeutic Foster Care – Enhanced Youth who have more intensive psychiatric needs and significant behavioral challenges.

Contact: David Gallagher, Program Manager
203.317.2700 Ext. 171

(FCT) Family and Community Ties

The children referred to us for specialized foster care by DCF require an increased level of support as do their foster parents. We work in collaboration with DCF and community providers to identify the individual needs of each youth and tailor support services to meet those needs. At the FCT level we provide clinical case management and life skills training as well as assistance in maintaining relationships with the child’s biological family and their community of origin. FCT increases support by employing a multidisciplinary treatment team as well as providing intensive in-home clinical services.

Contact: Donella Crenshaw, Program Manager

Permanency Placement Services Program (PPSP)
We provide DCF with specialized permanency planning services for any currently active youth who is in need of specialized services to assist in the realization of a permanency plan. Services include:

  • Recruitment
  • Screening
  • Home studies and evaluations
  • Pre and post-placement planning
  • Post-finalization services
  • Reunification services and supervision after reunification

Contact: Angela Ferrucci, Permanency Clinician
203.317.2700 Ext. 128

Becoming A Foster Parent – Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer Opportunities Contact Vanessa Watkins at 203.317.2700 Ext. 168


be the change artWhen you become a Foster Parent you will receive:

  • Intensive & ongoing professional training.
  • Frequent contact with an IPPI support team to identify individual & family needs, coordinate services, and to work collaboratively with treatment providers.
  • Connections with a community of like-minded foster parents through support groups, social activities, training, and respite care planning.
  • A competitive foster parent stipend.
  • A chance to change a child’s life!

Interested in becoming a Foster Parent?

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Contact Us!

Martha Wick
Family Resource Specialist
203.317.2700 Ext. 134

Vanessa Watkins
Home Finding Specialist
203.317.2700 Ext. 168

Let’s Get Started! Preliminary Questionnaire

We are looking for great foster and adoptive parents. If you’ve ever considered becoming a foster family, please be in touch. We’d love to talk with you!

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