Introduction to Foster Care
Alabama Foster Care Placement Agencies
Taking Care of Yourself While Raising Your Grandchildren
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.
Foster to Adopt
Licensing and Home Requirements
All Kids (Healthcare up to age 18)
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children
Alabama CASA Network, Inc.
808 A Torbert Blvd.
Opelika, AL 36801
CASA volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children, so that courtroom decisions about each child’s safety, permanency and well-being are made based on the child’s best interest. Please see county-specific CASA/CAJA program information. (CAJA = Court Appointed Juvenile Advocates)