Intensive Foster Care Program(IFC)

Thanks all for your help and commitment to this program/CENTRO.

Dear Prospective Foster Family,

we are honored to learn of your interest in becoming a member of our CENTRO family, by offering your home and your heart to care for a child in need.  For the next 6 months, CENTRO will be undergoing an important transition in its Intensive Foster Care program, which will have a permanent and very positive impact on our program, our staff and the children we serve for years to come.  If you are interested in becoming a foster parent with us, this process will likely begin in early September, and last approximately 4 to 6 months.  For those families, who have already begun the process with us, have taken MAPPS and we have begun the Home Study, Please expect a redo of this process, in mid-September.  If you have a burning passion for this program, and wish to begin or continue the process but cannot wait, please feel free to reach out to our VP for Family Services, who will share with you the list of collaborating partners, who we believe share similar values with our organization, and can help you get started on this path.  Please know that of utmost importance to CENTRO is the quality of programming and services we provide.  It is for this reason, that we are taking this approach to this very important program.  Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

MISSION

CENTRO’s Intensive Foster Care Program seeks to match special needs foster children with treatment foster homes that offer a safe, nurturing, and compassionate environment, supported by educational and clinical services, to help the affected children, treatment foster parents, and birth parents address the challenges of achieving a more productive, healthy family life.

Intensive Foster Care is a family based service delivery approach that provides individualized treatment planning and support to children with special needs. Service delivery occurs through the training, supervision of skilled treatment foster families, support and education for birth families, skilled case management, clinical supports, and coordination of community resources and supports. Services will be provided, whenever possible, within the child’s identified community and culture of origin.

Please click here for an application to become a foster parent.
Additional Foster Forms– Consent for Criminal Record Check

 

THE CHILDREN WE SERVE

The children we serve that some may have the following characteristics and needs:

  • Who have experienced serious emotional, mental, medical and physical problems
  • Trauma
  • Abuse and/or neglect
  • Have sexually aggressive behaviors
  • Have developmental disabilities
  • Have dual diagnoses
  • Be immigrants
  • Be teen mothers with infants
  • Among others

FOSTER PARENT SUPPORT

Carefully selected, trained, and supervised treatment foster homes who will provide a safe, welcoming environment for children and adolescents who are referred by DCF(Department of Children and Family). Trained treatment foster homes in MAPP(Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting ), impact of trauma, and parenting education classes. Thorough intake and assessment of children or youth to gather all needs and strengths. Training and education for birth parents. Weekly visits to the treatment foster home. 24 hour a day, 7 days a week crisis management system. Comprehensive case management.

Stipends will be offered as follows:

Daily Stipend (per child)

Quarterly Clothing Rates (February, May, August and November)

Other Stipends ( yearly per child)

 

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Compassionate, responsible persons at least 21 years old
  • Mature and accurate judgments
  • Must not have any mental, physical, or other impairments that would interfere with the adequate performance of their duties
  • Must be able to provide 24 hour supervision and additional necessary support for the child’s health and well-being
  • All members of the house hold and frequent visitors must pass a CORI, SORI, DCF check and fingerprinting check
  • Among others

QUALIFIED HOME SETTINGS REQUIREMENTS

  • Clean and tidy environment
  • Free of fire and other hazards
  • Comfortable in size to appropriately fit family members and children/youth approved
  • Adequate lighting and ventilation
  • Hot and cold water; if well water, needs to be tested and certificate of safety needs to be provided
  • Functioning plumbing, electricity, and heat
  • Each child should have his proper bed and area to store personal items
  • Smoke detectors in working order
  • Bedrooms must provide 50 square feet per child and no more than four children/youth per room
  • No bedroom used by foster children should be located above a second floor without two egress.
  • No bedroom used by foster children should be located below a first floor unless it contains a ground level, standard door exit, and one operable window
  • Among others

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Lourdes Gonzalez
Igonzalez@centroinc.org
One Wood Place
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978.516.5190 x 186
Fax:978.343.3680

11 Sycamore Street
Worcester, MA 01608
1.800.836.5552
Fax: 508.798.1908
info@centroinc.org