Pathways of Idaho

Treatment Foster Care

Currently Accepting Foster Parent Applications

Idaho currently has youth waiting for available treatment foster homes. Pathway’s Treatment Foster Care (TFC) program offers a family-based placement option for children with serious behavioral, emotional, or medical needs. We provide additional training, behavioral health support, and community resources to our TFC parents so that they may better support and create a stable environment for the youth placed with them. Foster parents report that additional behavioral services and support could have helped to stabilize foster placements and helped prevent less moves and disruptions in youths’ lives. Youth in foster care who experience less moves and bigger community networks often experience better outcomes after foster care. Our top priority is developing healing and empowering homes for Idaho’s youth in foster care through our treatment foster care program.

We serve Regions 3 and 4 in Idaho, encompassing Ada, Canyon, and Payette Counties. We are currently are accepting treatment foster parent applications. Please reach out if you have any questions or click the link below to see our FAQ page.

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What is being a treatment foster parent about? 

Our treatment foster parents provide loving and safe homes for our children in foster care. They are important figures in children’s lives that can help to build strong community connections with children while their families work towards reunification. Every foster family is different and finds unique ways of connection and establishing caring relationships between the foster parent and child. 

We equip our foster parents with special training and extra community resources. We offer training that helps broaden our TFC parents toolboxes. Our TFC parents attend PRIDE or NTDC training prior to fostering, go through a home licensing process, attend 14 additional hours of TFC specific training in their first year of fostering, and 10 hours annually each year to refresh their parenting skill toolboxes. We also provide additional support to our TFC parents. We have staff that is available 24/7, frequently updated contacts and information for local community based resources, a dedicated clinician and caseworkers in addition to the child’s Department of Health and Welfare caseworker to help with tracking needs, transportation, and communication, quarterly trainings on a variety of topics, and additional financial resources to quickly meet the child’s needs. 

What is the process to become a TFC parent?

Step 1: Reach Out and Find Answers

Before beginning the application process, we’d love to hear and answer any and all questions you may have. There are many ways you can reach out. 

  1. Attend an Informational Meeting
  2. Message us on Facebook
  3. Send us and email
  4. Give us a call

No question is too simple. We are here to support you as you evaluate this decision for you and your household. 

Step 2: Submit an Application

Once you feel ready, you can begin the application process anytime. Hit the “Become a Foster Parent” button anywhere on this page and you will be directed to an initial information form. After that, you’ll recieve a pdf application form in you email in the next 24 business hours. 

Step 3: Attend Training

Our training program are in-person and can be completed in 3-4 weeks. The times and locations of our trainings are decided by group decision at the start of each training session. Our next training program is scheduled for mid-July. All application materials must be completed prior to beginning our training program. 

Step 4: Schedule the Home Study

While in training, we’ll work with you to figure out a good time for the home study visit(s). These visits involve interviews and a home safety inspection to allow us to ensure that the home is a safe environment for a child with high needs. 

Step 5: Final Review and Forms

Once training and the home study is complete, there are a few final forms to complete your onboarding as a Pathways contractor. 

Step 6: Welcome a Child

Finally, it’s just a matter of waiting for a call from one of our case managers. During these calls, you will be provided some basic information about the child needing placement and you can evaluate if the child is a good match for your abilities and home. 

Requirements for Treatment Foster Parents

Be at least 21 years of age

Have two years of experience in foster care or similar behavioral health experience

Be willing to undergo a state and (if applicable) federal background check

Be able to financially support yourself

Own or rent a safe residence

Have less than 4 children already in the household

Expectations of Treatment Foster Parents

Able to provide a loving a supportive home for a child

Willing to file daily notes

Able to provide 24/7 supervision

Able to provide transportation when reasonable

Willing to complete training and licensing process as needed

Willing to work as part of a child’s care team

Information Meetings are events where you can meet with the TFC team, ask questions, and learn more about the requirements and benefits of becoming a treatment foster parent.

Upcoming Information Meetings:

Upcoming Community Booths:

We love getting out in our community! Visit us at any of our community booths to ask questions, meet our team, and spin the wheel to win a prize!

Pathways of Idaho Offers

  • 24 hour on-call service and support
  • Monthly stipend, to reimburse the standard cost of providing a home for a child.
  • Medical and Therapy expenses are covered through Idaho Medicaid to include:
    • Comprehensive assessment and individualized service planning.
    • Psychiatric/educational consultation.
    • Coordination of medical/health care services as needed.
    • Coordination of family contact and visitation.
  • On-going Treatment Foster Care provider training.
  • Attendance at family team meetings, legal proceedings, school staffing, and other services necessary to meet the goals of a transitional living or permanency plan.
  • Pathways of Idaho has multiple programs that can overlap with foster care to provide wrap-around services and support (Clinical, Community Base, and Medication Management Services)

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