Allendale has offered the
Specialized Foster Care Program since 1974.
This program provides treatment to children in the most natural
setting possible—a home in the community.
The goals of specialized
foster care are:
||To enable children to
develop skills they need to live
cooperatively with a family
||To facilitate the permanence and
stability that children require
||To meet children’s social and
Allendale’s success stems from the
combination of foster parenting with a full range of services and
supportive therapy. Our clinically influenced, groundbreaking program
incorporates rigorous and comprehensive training, risk assessment
and decision making, and better information on what interventions
work—all along the continuum of care. Children previously
viewed as too difficult to handle in a family setting have found
stability and progress with committed families.
Our current need for foster parents arises in part from our success
moving foster children to permanent placement through adoption.
Permanency is clearly our most desired outcome, but in most cases
adoption temporarily removes a family from the Foster Parent Program,
thereby creating a need for more foster parents.