Therapeutic Foster Care
Foster Parent InterviewsTherapeutic Foster Care HandbookTherapeutic Foster Care BrochureThank you for your interest in Denali’s Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program. The State of Alaska, Office of Children’s Services has licensed Denali Family Services (DFS) as a Child Placement Agency. This means that we recruit and license child foster homes for Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) children enrolled in services with DFS. Children served are ages three (3) years to nineteen (19) years of age, however, most are between 7 years and 18 years of age. All children in services at DFS have severe behavioral or emotional problems. DFS will license and train you to take care of these children in your home. DFS may also provide additional services to the foster child such as community or school support specialist, case management and a clinician as needed. As a foster parent you are part of the treatment team for the foster child. The goal is to help the child be successful in school and living in a community setting, learning acceptable behaviors. DFS has a 24 hour on-call system to provide support, training and support groups that you may attend.
Contact the Foster Care Recruiter at (907) 222-2331 to complete the inquiry form.
DFS will do a background check and sex offender check for all person age 16+ in your home, and on persons who visit your foster home regularly.
If you pass the background check, a DFS application is mailed to you.
Upon receipt of the completed application, the Foster Care Department will review your information to determine suitability with our agency.
At this time you may receive a phone call from a DFS Licensing Specialist to conduct an interview with your family in your home. If declined, you will receive a letter from us that we have determined your home is not a good match with our agency.
DFS reviews your application and interview information for further suitability.
If accepted, extensive paperwork and forms are required for licensure as well as fingerprints and pre-service training such as Pressley Ridge that meet the states CORE requirements.
Thirty hours of ongoing training is required annually for each foster parent, as well as an annual TB test, annual physical, MAB training certification, CPR and 1st Aide training. Fire drills are completed monthly and with each new child in placement.
Most of our children have multiple appointments each week, doctors, treatment team meetings, medication reviews, IEP meetings at the schools, and you will need to be available able to transport and attend these appointments.
You will need the ability to complete data entry daily into the DFS computer system. You will enter Medicaid progress notes on each foster child’s progress working towards their treatment goals while living in your foster home.
Good communication is required as well as an ability to be patient and caring with the children in your care.
Please call (907) 222-2331 if you are interested in becoming a therapeutic foster parent to Alaska’s children in need of out of home care.
Dan Bigley Foster Care Director