The Therapeutic Family Foster Home (TFFH) Capacity Building program is designed to provide support to families engaged in Family Preservation Services in Northeast Kansas. The program specifically targets families with children aged 11 to 18 who are at risk of entering foster care due to behavioral issues. The primary goal is to eliminate barriers to respite families, ensuring a safe place for children to stay on a temporary basis. 

The Family Preservation team assists families in identifying natural supports, which may include family, friends, or community members willing to provide safe temporary care (respite care) for their children when necessary. However, several barriers can hinder the provision of respite care, which this program seeks to alleviate. 

  • Financial Stress: Additional expenses such as increased grocery bills, transportation costs, and utility bills can burden respite families. 
  • Overwhelm and Resource Needs: Respite caregivers may feel overwhelmed by the extra obligations of providing respite and may lack the resources and support to provide care.

Financial Assistance

The TFFH program aims to eliminate barriers and support respite caregivers to reduce the number of youth entering foster care for non-abuse and neglect reasons. This program provides the following financial assistance:

  • A one-time incentive payment of $100 for taking the children.
  • A daily reimbursement rate of $50 per child per day to offset the cost of care.
  • A $200 incentive payment when the children return home safely, and the Family Preservation case closes successfully. 

Training & Support

Respite caregivers will also have access to training and support to enhance their ability to care for children with higher needs.

  • Virtual Resource Library: Caregivers can access training to increase their knowledge of trauma and effective short-term caregiving strategies for youth with a high level of needs. 
  • Functional Family Therapy: This therapeutic support can help caregivers manage challenging behaviors.
  • In-Home Support Specialist: The specialist assists with various carevigin needs that may include household support, babysitting, acting as a safe adult in the home, and helping with homework. 

Additional Supports: Caregivers can also access support in the community to assist with daily routines like transportation, shopping, errands, and more. Each family’s needs will be uniquely assessed and supported, and the In-Home Support Specialist’s role will look different from home to home.