Foster Care

California Treatment Foster Care

Koinonia’s largest program is its treatment foster care program. This program provides treatment-based foster care to children between the ages of birth through 18 years of age who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect and /or delinquency. Once referred to the program, these children are placed in agency certified foster homes where they receive the love and guidance of a caring and committed foster family, as well as treatment services provided by master’s-level social work staff.

The program features a maximum caseload of 15 children/youth per social worker, unless treatment requirements dictate a lesser caseload. To assure high quality homes, meticulous selection of foster parents is practiced and combined with specialized training, and frequent and consistent interaction between foster parent, social worker and other professional treatment staff. Within funding allotments and resources, extensive use is made of other licensed personnel for in-depth assessments and psychotherapy. This program is generally oriented toward emergency, temporary and long-term placements, reunification, and developing independent living (emancipation) skills.

The goal of this program is to resolve the identified problems which children/youth bring with them into the program by facilitating self-esteem, personal responsibility and family stability. As such, the therapy provided is an integral part of the overall treatment program. The treatment process is viewed as providing the structured means within which to assess, monitor and modify thoughts, feelings, and behavior; for providing feedback with regard to a child’s/youth’s problems and their progress or lack of progress; for defining and redefining goals; and for dealing with the social dynamics of family and community living.

Children/youth referred to the program will be in personal and/or family crisis, will represent diverse ethnic and socio-cultural backgrounds and will present moderately severe emotional and behavioral problems. While reunification may be possible, most of the children will require long-term out-of-home care due to family dysfunction that presents a risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation or because their antisocial behavior and/or emotional problems present a threat to themselves, their families or the community.

Behaviors which may be manifested by children/youth in the program may include behavior and conduct disorders, moderate assaultive behaviors, poor impulse control, runaway behavior, school phobia, sexual acting out, depression and self-destructive behavior, adjustment disorders and multiple placement failures. Children/youth will be experiencing learning disabilities, with some identified as Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) and having an active Individual Educational Plan (IEP) within the past 12 months. The remaining youths will be identified as requiring either special, remedial or regular educational programs.

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