Foster Care FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers for Foster Parents 

What is the average length of stay for a child?

The length of stay varies dependent upon the needs of the youth. Youth for Tomorrow offers a wide range of services and works collaboratively in a team to help the youth with the goals of placement.

What type of behavioral problems will the children have?

The type of behaviors exhibited are dependent upon the history of the youth.  Most youth have been through traumatic experiences and abusive situations.  These youth are less likely to trust, may have displaced anger, and often feel isolated and abandoned. 

What ages are the children?

Ages range from birth to 21. 

Can we specify what type of child we want?

During the certification process, as treatment foster parents you will be asked questions regarding what behaviors, age group, and gender you would be willing to work with.  You will be able to review background information on children presented for your home in order to allow you to make a decision.  The child can do pre-placement visits with during the daytime, overnight or out in the community to see how the child gets along with you and your family before you make a decision. 

What kind of space and sleeping areas are required?

There must be space for sleeping, privacy, and studying.  A foster child must have their own bed and only same sex children may share a room.

How much time is involved?

Treatment foster parenting requires the same time commitment that parenting any special needs child requires.  Treatment foster care children need to have structured days.  There are regular trips to the doctor, school conferences, meetings with a therapist, visitation with biological family, and home visits with Youth for Tomorrow staff.  Initially, there are 30 hours of pre-service training for foster parents to become certified.  After certification there are ongoing annual trainings offered to foster parents.

What types of support do you provide?

Youth for Tomorrow provides foster parents with 24-hour support.  Treatment foster care parents are given specific methods of training to help manage aggressive behavior and information to assist with a particular child.  Depending on the specific needs of the treatment parents, there will be additional monthly training sessions.

What is the monthly stipend that is provided to foster parents?

The monthly amount provided to foster parents is determined by the age and needs of the child. The payment is used for room and board, personal care, clothing and spending money for the child.  This payment is tax-free income. 

Will the foster child have visits with biological family?

Yes, foster children still have contact with their biological family through phone calls, visitation, and/or home visits.  The primary goal of foster care is to provide a nurturing environment for the child until they can be reunited with their biological family.  

Who can become a treatment foster care parent?

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • A resident of Virginia
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must have a GED or High School Diploma
  • Able to pass child abuse and criminal history clearance
  • Own a registered and insured vehicle
  • Have financially stability
  • Have an adequate bedroom for a child
  • Willing to learn how to work with children who have emotional and/or behavioral challenges
  • If you are married, your spouse must be a willing participant in working with the youth and the program
  • If you are single, you may be asked to identify a backup support person that will be able to pass all background checks and assist with your child as necessary

Benefits and Training for YFT Treatment Foster Care Parents

  • 30 hours of free pre-service training
  • Monthly in-service training
  • One-on-one training in your home once a child is placed
  • Respite services
  • 24-hour support services for emergencies
  • Networking opportunities with other treatment foster care parents
  • Monthly stipend