What We Do
Twin Cedars Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is a family-based program that provides comprehensive service delivery for children in foster care. Children are matched with a TFC foster family that has been trained to meet the child’s unique set of challenges and needs. TFC foster parents are supported by seasoned social services professionals who possess the formal education and experience to guide each foster family throughout the treatment process.
The service delivery planning process is central to guiding decisions regarding mental health services, physical health, education, socialization, cultural/religious needs, birth family connections, education supports and permanency. The TFC foster parents are vital to the planning process. A variety of service providers and other professionals knowledgeable and concerned about the child are included in the planning process and may include: the child, foster parent(s), Twin Cedars case manager, Twin Cedars supervisor, state case manager, therapist, school teacher, advocates and birth family when appropriate.
Program supports include:
- Intensive pre-service foster parent training
- Ongoing In-Service Foster Parent Training related to each child’s needs
- Two to four monthly in-home consultations with TFC Case Managers
- TFC Case Managers have small caseload size to allow sufficient support levels
- 24-hour emergency in-person support as needed
- Regularly planned and crisis respite care
- Master’s level supervision of TFC Case Managers and service delivery planning
- Professional case management and coordination of services
When a child leaves our Therapeutic Foster Care program, it is our hope that they have achieved permanency with a forever family and have been empowered with the functional skills necessary for successful interaction within their home, school and community. Some children achieve permanency by being adopted by their Twin Cedars foster parent, adoption by another family, return to their biological parents or other relative or by learning daily living skills necessary for adult independent living. Many children remain in touch with their former foster parents and continue to benefit from the guidance these connections provide.
Who We Serve
Our TFC program serves children ages 0 to 21 who are in foster care due to child abuse and neglect. These children present with a range of mild to serious emotional, psychological, behavioral, medical and developmental challenges or needs.
Twin Cedars began serving foster children in 2004 when a teacher made a connection with a child in one of our group homes in Columbus, GA. This teacher asked how she could take this child home with her. This was our very first foster home. Since this time, the program has continued to grow and expand and now has foster homes in Columbus, Macon and LaGrange areas.
As part of Twin Cedars, Therapeutic Foster Care is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
Clients are referred to Twin Cedars Youth Services’ Therpeutic Foster Care program through the Department of Children and Family Services and the Multi-agency Alliance for Children (MAAC).