When he stole the gun and brought it to school, Enrique thought he had found a way to look important in his father’s eyes. Violence is the only thing Dad knows, Enrique reasoned, so getting a gun would be sure to get his attention. How Enrique survived the barrage of gunfire that day, he wasn’t sure, but he suddenly found himself in a foster home with lots of rules. His Village case manager had placed Enrique in Intensive Treatment Foster Care. After three months, he sometimes thinks of his father and wants to lash out, but the people here don’t take any nonsense and seem to care about him. Maybe this place isn’t so bad after all.

A Higher Level of Care

At The Village Family Services, we believe that even the most seriously emotionally disturbed young people deserve a chance for a better life. Our Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) program provides just that for youths up to age 17 with a history of abuse and/or neglect and who have severe emotional or behavioral issues. These troubled youths may lie, steal, demonstrate physical or verbal aggression, engage in inappropriate sexual behavior or self-mutilation, or attempt suicide. ITFC provides an alternative to higher-level group homes or psychiatric hospitals by placing one child in a home with foster parents who are trained in caring for these youth.

Conducted under the auspices of the Department of Mental Health and/or the Department of Children and Family Services, the program employs a trauma-oriented approach in which all services consist of in-home visits to the child and family by a social worker, a skills-training specialist and therapists.

With specialized expertise, The Village professional staff:

  • Assesses the strengths, training, skills and interests of each certified foster parent in order to match them to the child’s needs;
  • Provides mental health services such as individual and family therapy, behavioral interventions, case management, medication support and psychiatrist assessment; and
  • Maintains each child’s original community network, striving to develop a sense of
    belonging and importance within the family unit and community.

Interested in becoming a foster family?

We welcome all good parents regardless of income, age, race, gender, marital status, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or religious affiliation. To learn more about our Foster Care and Adoption Programs, email us.