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Become a Foster Parent

Treatment Foster Care (TFC) provides treatment in a foster family-based home setting to children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Treatment foster parents are specially trained to create a therapeutic, nurturing environment to help promote long-term healing and change in those we serve.

1. Who are the children that need foster care?
2. Who can be a Treatment Foster Parent with HopeTree Family Services?
3. How do I become a Treatment Foster Parent with HopeTree Family Services?
4. What will be expected of me as a foster parent?
5. What Services will I receive as a Therapeutic Foster Parent with HopeTree?

1. Who are the children that need foster care?

HopeTree Family Services is licensed to provide care to children ages infant through the age of twenty-one. The majority of the children served by HopeTree are survivors of abuse and/or neglect.

  • Children with emotional, social and/or behavioral challenges
  • Children who experience problems at school
  • Children with medical or physical disabilities
  • Children who have been diagnosed with mental retardation
  • Children with developmental delays
  • Sibling groups
  • Pregnant teens and young mothers
  • Children transitioning out of residential settings

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2. Who can be a Treatment Foster Parent with HopeTree Family Services?

Foster Parent applicants must be:

  • Financially self sufficient.
  • Single or married adults between the ages of 21-70; if married, both husband and wife must be involved with all aspects of the program.
  • Active in a church of the Christian faith and view their involvement in the Treatment Foster Care ministry as a means of expressing their Christian faith and witness.

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3. How do I become a Treatment Foster Parent with HopeTree Family Services?

HopeTree Family Services foster parents must:

  • Be in good health as indicated by a physician’s report.
  • Satisfy the requirements of a home study.
  • Be eligible for employment approved through a combination of reference and background checks.
  • Complete the required Pre-Service Training (PRIDE)

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4. What will be expected of me as a foster parent?

HopeTree Family Services expects all foster parents to:

  • Provide a safe, loving, nurturing environment for a child placed in your care.
  • Provide structure and guidance to a child placed in your care.
  • Provide supervision to a child placed in your care.
  • Participate in all aspects of the child’s care by attending service plan reviews, treatment team meetings, court hearings and FAPT, FPM or CPMT meetings.
  • Work with the child’s biological family when required.
  • Transport foster children to visitations with their families.
  • Advocate for the child.
  • Attend on-going training and foster parent support groups.
  • Abide by HTFS Policy and Procedure as outlined by Virginia Department of Social Services.
  • Abide by all HopeTree Family Services expectations and guidelines.

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5. What Services will I receive as a Therapeutic Foster Parent with HopeTree?

HopeTree Family Services provides all foster parents with:

  • Supportive case management services
  • Monthly training & support group sessions
  • 24-hour Emergency Support & Crisis Intervention
  • Respite care
  • A tax-free stipend

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HopeTree Family Services is actively seeking foster families who reside within a 90
minute drive of the Foster Care offices in Salem and Chester. If you are willing to provide a loving, nurturing, and Christian home for a child or youth in need or would like more information, complete this online form or complete the Foster Parent Application and return it to your nearest HopeTree Foster Care Office:

Roanoke/Salem Office

Michelle Wright
HopeTree Family Services
Foster Care
PO Box 849
Salem, VA 24153
(540) 444-0566

Richmond/Chester Office

Shannon Updike
HopeTree Family Services

Foster Care
PO Box 3779
Chester, VA 23831
(804) 201-9006