Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected, and dependent children between the ages of birth to 21 who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them. Often their families face issues such as illness, alcohol or drug addiction, or homelessness.
When the County Department of Social Services (DSS) believes a child is not safe, and a judge agrees, DSS takes custody of that child and finds a foster home for him or her. Length of stay in foster care varies from a few days or longer.
Foster families are recruited, trained, and licensed to care for abused and neglected children temporarily, while their parents work with social work professionals to resolve their family issues. Relatives may be licensed as foster parents.
The foster family, child placing agency, and the birth family work together to return children to their own homes as quickly as possible. In cases where the child becomes free for adoption, foster parents may be considered as adoptive parents.
Individualized and intensive supervision and structure of daily living designed to minimize the occurrence of behaviors related to functional deficits to ensure safety during the presentation of out-of-control behaviors or to maintain an optimum level of functioning.
Specific and individualized psycho-educational and therapeutic interventions including;
1. development or maintenance of daily living skills;
2. anger management;
3. social skills;
4. family living skills;
5. communication skills;
6. stress management;
7. relationship support; or
8. comparable activity; and
9. intensive crisis or near crisis management including de-escalation interventions and occasional physical restraints.
Direct and active intervention in assisting children (3-21) in the process of being involved in and maintaining in naturally occurring community support systems and supporting the development of personal resources (assets, protective factors, etc).
Outpatient behavioral health services include assessment, treatment, (individual and group therapy, behavioral health counseling), and family therapy for recipients of all ages. These services are intended to determine a beneficiary’s treatment needs, and to provide the necessary treatment. Services focus on reducing psychiatric and behavioral symptoms in order to improve the beneficiary’s functioning in familial, social, educational, or occupational life domains.
*All new appointments must have a completed physician referral
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC
Evidence Based Models of Treatment
Cognitive Processing Treatment (CPT-C)
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Child and Teen Behavioral Problems
Sex Offender Treatment
Victims of Sexual/Physical Abuse
Internships are offered for students completing both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. School must be contracted with the agency. We also partner with Workforce Development Services and SBDTC to provide job readiness training for individuals seeking on the job experience. You will need to contact your school advisor or business liaison to see if you would qualify to work with our program.