Fostering Futures is a home and community-based therapeutic program designed to stabilize children at risk for placement disruption, and who live in the City of St. Louis or St. Louis County. While working with a therapist, behavioral support specialist and/or parent educator, children and their caregivers are able to work through behavioral disruptions that could otherwise lead to the child being removed from their academic or home placement.
Every household faces unique family dynamics and challenges between children and parents. But in a foster home environment, these everyday stresses may be in addition to existing trauma or behavioral difficulties.
Fostering Futures connects all the major environments involved in a child’s life to ensure a positive, supportive approach is maintained in each area. The program provides several services to children, which include:
- Free, convenient, yearlong in-home therapeutic interventions for children and families
- 24/7 crisis intervention
- Parent education groups
- In-home parent skill training
- Experiential learning groups for children: yoga, art therapy, therapeutic gardening, outdoor adventure trips, etc.
- Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Case management
- Behavioral support for children at school
The program offers services to several specific underserved groups in the St. Louis region.
- Children, ages 3–18 years old, whose behaviors or mental health concerns put them at risk of being removed from their current placement or educational setting.
- Foster parents, adoptive parents and caregivers in the City of St. Louis who are interested in parent education and support to stabilize a child at risk for placement change.
- Children and families within the City of St. Louis or St. Louis County who need assistance to successfully complete the process of adoption or family reunification.