The Intensive Foster Care Program serves children from birth to 22 years old who were removed from their families due to severe abuse and neglect, disrupted adoptions or voluntary placements or request for services, and placed in the care of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Some youth in foster care may be eligible for adoption.
In addition to group training and support, each parent is individually supervised monthly and as needed. A Case Worker will also offer support through weekly home visits with the youth and foster parent(s). The supervisor will provide guidance, support, mentoring and general assistance to the parent. There is 24/7 on-call support through an Ascentria phone line. Respite care for the youth is available when foster parents need a break. The foster parent receives remuneration of $61.86 daily, tax exempt.
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