While there is an ongoing need for families to care for children of all ages and needs, we also need families for specific groups of children and youth. These "specialized foster homes" are described below.
Homes for Children who Experienced Sexual Trauma
We need caregivers who can provide the structure and supervision necessary to promote safe and healthy relationships at home, at school, and in the community. For some, the best option may be homes with no other children.
Homes for Children with Special Health Needs
Many of these children are medically fragile and require a high level of skill and flexibility. We need caregivers to work with a team of medical professionals and attend many medical appointments. They must also be prepared, if necessary, to rush children to the hospital and travel long distances to visit specialists. Many children qualify for skilled nursing, a personal care attendant, or other specialized services.
Homes for Emergency Situations
We need people who are willing to foster on an emergency basis. These placements are needed after business hours, on weekends, and on holidays. An emergency placement usually ends the next business day or when another placement is found.
Homes for Infants & Toddlers
Vermont’s ongoing struggle with opiate addiction has led to an increase in the number of children in foster care, especially those under the age of six. We have an urgent need for families who are willing and able to care for infants and toddlers and fully support visits with the birthparents.
Homes for Sibling Groups
We need foster families who can care for sibling groups. Recent placement needs have included three siblings in elementary school.
Homes for Teens with Histories of Substance Abuse
We need caregivers to support their recovery and continued sobriety.
Homes for Teens Transitioning from Foster care to Living on Their Own
We need caregivers to help them work through some challenging behaviors and issues, teach them life skills, and help them work towards independence.
Homes for Teens Transitioning from Residential Care to Living in their Communities
We need caregivers who can provide safe places for them to heal, support their reintegration into their communities, and help them work through some challenging issues and behaviors.
The Support Available
In addition to the support available to all foster families, they may also receive support and training specific to the type of care they are providing. This could include:
- Professional support
- Peer support
- Wraparound services
- Specialized equipment
- Training on special medical equipment
For More Information
For more information about providing specialized foster care, please contact your local Family Services District Office and ask for the Resource Coordinator.