Introduction to Foster Care
Alabama Foster Care Placement Agencies
Difference Between Traditional and Therapeutic Foster Care
Children placed in traditional foster care are determined to not have significant mental, emotional, behavioral and/or medical issues. They are more likely to demonstrate age-appropriate behaviors and be on target developmentally.
Children who require therapeutic foster care have been determined to have more complex or challenging mental, emotional, behavioral and/or medical needs. These needs are related to the trauma they experienced resulting from abuse and/or neglect. Children placed in therapeutic foster care are likely to have had multiple disrupted or failed traditional placements.
Licensing to become a therapeutic foster parent in Alabama involves 30 hours for traditional foster care, plus an additional 10 hours of training to prepare foster parents to provide specialized care.