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 Therapeutic Foster Care

FamiliesFirst Network serves youth in foster care who have increased emotional, behavioral, or social needs due to the trauma they have experienced. These youth are served in Specialized Therapeutic Foster Homes (STF) where they can receive intensive support, structured supervision, and professional interventions. As part of a comprehensive human services organization, FamiliesFirst Network has access to Lakeview Center programs that provide two levels of Specialized Therapeutic Foster Homes: CHIPS and Matrix.


Changing Horizons through Innovative Parenting Systems, or CHIPS, foster homes receive Medicaid reimbursement, additional training, and therapeutic wrap-around services in the home. Therapeutic foster parents must have flexible work schedules, work at-home, or have at least one parent who is at home each day. These foster parents will have a supportive team of therapists and a designated case worker who supports them in making an impact on a young person’s life in a short amount of time. CHIPS is designed to be a short-term resource lasting from six to 12 months on average. Typically, youth in the CHIPS program range from 5 to 17 years old, comprise all genders and races. Parents are provided a higher payment rate of a Medicaid reimbursement rate and the foster parent board rate


Matrix foster parents provide support to children who have behavioral health needs. They receive financial assistance, and wrap-around services in the home. Children in the Matrix program range from 4 to 13 years old, comprise all genders and races. Matrix is a step-down program meaning that the child has moved from a residential home setting. The program lasts from 6 to 12 months.

What’s most important to know is that specialized therapeutic foster parents are true heroes who help youth heal and aim for their full potentials. If you can help change a youth’s life by becoming a specialized therapeutic foster parent, contact us at 850.429.6682 or email

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