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Intensive Treatment Foster Care Program (ITFC)

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What is Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC)?

Many seriously emotionally disturbed DCFS foster children spend too many years in the highest level group homes (RCL 12’s, RCL 14’s and Community Treatment Facilities).  DCFS has created the Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) Program to provide an alternative to higher level group homes.  ITFC does this by placing only one DCFS foster child in a specialized foster home where the child has an individualized treatment program and the foster parents are carefully matched to each child and are specially trained and supported 24/7.

Target population
  • The program will accept children who are 10-17 years of age, emotionally disturbed and:
  • have a history of one or more placements in higher level group homes (RCL 12, 14 or CTF)
  • be at serious risk of psychiatric hospitalization
  • be at serious risk of replacement in an RCL 12 or higher group home
  • be currently living with relative  caregivers or NREFM but are at risk for replacement in a higher level group home.
Some of the features of the intensive treatment foster care (ITFC) program are:
  • ITFC places one youth at a time with a family
  • ITFC emphasizes careful foster family-child matching
  • ITFC uses a team approach to treatment, with the foster parents as part of the treatment team along with program staff
  • ITFC utilizes a unique Support Counselor to offer individualized counseling & emotional support, mentoring and modeling skills for both child and foster parent
  • ITFC employs case managers with low caseloads for frequent on-site consultation for individualized problem-solving & treatment planning
  • ITFC uses Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as its treatment model
  • ITFC pays its foster parents a significantly higher rate than traditional reimbursement
  • ITFC is designed to offer a more normalizing living environment & better opportunities for permanence
Please note

ITFC homes are NOT emergency placements.  It can take time to make an appropriate match.

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