Therapeutic Foster Care at Kennedy Krieger Institute

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A safe haven, a loving space, a home: this is what every child deserves. For children with special needs, this is particularly true, but sometimes, biological families just aren't able to provide the care and support these children need. That's where the Therapeutic Foster Care program can help.

Drawing on the expertise of an interdisciplinary team, we train and support foster, respite, and adoptive families of children with special needs. Families participating in the program receive specialized training and general support, including group meetings, social work services, and respite care.

But we can't do it without people like you.

Read more about our program in a Baltimore Sun feature story, January 12, 2011.

Carter Family

Erica Carter's story

Young girl
with adult

Pat Neal's story

We know some people may worry they don't have the right skills to be a therapeutic foster parent, but with the Kennedy Krieger team to support you, all you need is the capacity to love and care for a child. Through training, support groups, or the provision of respite care, our specialists are ready to help 24 hours a day.

No matter how much time you have, you can help. Even if you don't think you're ready to become a foster parent, you can provide respite care for a day or a weekend or volunteer one day a week. All it takes is a little bit of your time to make a big difference in the lives of these children.

The rewards are greater than you can imagine.

Watch our public service announcement, created by our friends at WBFF FOX 45.

Our families can tell some amazing stories, from children with severe behavior problems who once had trouble with simple social interaction but went on to graduate from college to medically fragile children who are riding bikes and running around, absolutely carefree. They say that these moments, these little miracles, are their biggest reward.

As a part of the Kennedy Krieger Therapeutic Foster Care program, you don't have to be a hero to help one.

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