Some children come into the foster care system with a serious, ongoing illness or chronic condition that requires specialized attention and the use of assistive medical equipment. Too many of these special needs children remain in hospitals or other institutional settings when what they really need is a committed, skilled, nurturing individual family home.
A child with medical or habilitative needs may require intermittent to regular interventions from a skilled caregiver who has demonstrated competence.The characteristics of these special needs children include one or more of the following:
Many of the children who come into the foster care system with developmental delays or intellectual disabilities (mental retardation) languish in emergency shelters. For these special needs children to grow in capabilities, they need to be with a loving family in a home setting.
The characteristics of these children include one or more of the following:
Many children with emotional disorders remain in residential treatment centers or emergency shelters while waiting for a family willing to invest the time and effort necessary to help them work through their issues
These are children with emotional disorders such as mood disorders, psychotic disorders or dissociative disorders, and who demonstrate three or more of the following characteristics:
These children need a structured supportive treatment setting, in a family home, in which caregivers are provided with specialized training to provide therapeutic support and interventions all aimed at improving the child’s functioning, to include:
If you have the desire to learn more, and if you meet the qualifications below, we’d love to share information on how you can help. Please contact our Texas State Director of Health Care Services at [email protected]
Each month, there are several interactive, live streaming webinars to learn more about foster care and what it takes to become a foster parent. In each webinar, you’ll get an overview of all of Arrow’s foster care programs. And because the webinars are interactive, you can have all your questions answered.