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Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care provides specialized training to families who are willing to work with children with specialized needs. Our foster children range in age from infancy to 21 years, but the majority of our youth are pre-teens and teens.

Foster parents work with staff toward identified goals for the child(ren) in their care. Centerstone offers therapy, case management, specialized training, ongoing support and financial reimbursement to ensure foster parents can provide the best care possible to the child(ren). Each Centerstone foster home is assigned a Home Resource Coordinator who provides training and support to the therapeutic foster parents. We accept all types of foster families – traditional and non-traditional.

Centerstone serves children who need consistency, structure, love and unconditional caring to overcome their past and lead successful lives. We are highly selective in choosing therapeutic foster parents and foster homes. We seek people who:

  • Have a strong desire to help children be successful
  • Are trustworthy and dependable
  • Are loving and patient
  • Are committed to supporting a child through good and bad times
  • Have strong moral values
  • Understand and are willing to learn the unique needs of children with trauma and behavioral needs

Our foster children can only be as successful as those who care for them. That’s why Centerstone stands shoulder to shoulder with our foster parents every step of the way. We equip therapeutic foster parents with the training and resources they need to help our children thrive. This includes:

  • Free, individualized, no obligation training at your convenience
  • 24/7 assistance to ensure you are able to provide the support the child needs
  • Competitive daily reimbursement
  • Certification bonus
  • Monthly stipend for clothing and incidentals
  • Mileage reimbursement for transportation

To learn more about what a therapeutic foster home is, how to become a foster parent, or how to foster to adopt, check out our Frequently Asked Questions or please call toll-free (855) 460-0990. Or, fill out our simple foster parent application.

Be a Respite Care Provider

Don’t want to be a full-time foster parent? You don’t have to be!

You may be interested in helping kids in foster care but not in making a commitment to being a full-time foster parent. It’s all right. Being a full-time foster parent isn’t for everyone, but there are other important ways you can help.

One of those ways is to provide respite care for foster parents. Respite is when you provide a break for foster families (a two- to four-day placement).

Every parent and child need some “time off” from one another (a.k.a., respite). In more traditional families, parents and youth get this needed time by dropping the kids off at the grandparent’s, aunt/uncle’s or a friend’s house. Foster parents don’t have this more traditional option, which is where you, as the respite parent, play such an important role. Nearly all kids have fond memories of time spent at another family member or friend’s house. In your case, they will carry fond memories of time spent in your respite home.

More Information

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, fostering to adopt or providing respite care, please read our Frequently Asked Questions call toll-free (855) 460-0990 or fill out our simple foster parent application.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones, a program of Centerstone, provides transitional housing and supportive services to youth 16-20 years old who are experiencing homelessness. We provide a supportive community where young people experiencing homelessness can develop skills to live independently. We welcome youth regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, creed, religion or disability. We are located in Bloomington, Indiana.

Stepping Stones’ goal is to provide a supportive community that encourages young people to make decisions that positively affect their lives and prepare them for the future. Our program has two over arching components: transitional housing and independent living.

What We Offer

  • Transitional Housing
  • Independent Living
  • Emotional Assistance
  • Job Coaching
  • Life Steps
  • Financial Counseling
  • Educational Group Sessions
  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Care
  • Be Active!
  • Alternatives and Awareness

Transitional Housing

Our Semi-Independent Living Program is for youth between the ages of 16-20 who are experiencing homelessness. It is comprised of three two-bedroom, furnished apartments which house 12 residents by gender for up to two years. A new, fourth apartment houses Resident Assistants and a fifth apartment serves as our Community Center and administrative offices. It is the central hub where residents and program participants receive case management, have group and individual meetings, use the computer lab and are able to socialize with staff and friends. Our clustered housing provides a safe and supportive environment for residents to hone their skills so they can become self-sufficient. It is our goal to move residents into a permanent housing situation once they leave the program. In 2008, 100% of our residents obtained permanent housing.

Independent Living

Our independent living program serves youth in our housing program, former residents and other at-risk youth in the community. These programs and services are the essential skills youth need in order to achieve a successful transition into adulthood and become self-sufficient. We provide one-on-one and group coaching, and case management to help residents reach their self-identified, staff-assisted goals in a “Care Plan.”

Educational Assistance

We believe that one instrument for successful independent living is education. For those residents who have not obtained a high school diploma or GED equivalent, we require them to be enrolled in school during their time in our program. Of the 34 youth who have been in our program since 2005, 100% of those residents who had not graduated from school attended high school or a GED program. In collaboration with teachers, counselors and school administrators, we monitor their progress by reviewing progress reports, report cards and attendance to help ensure their success. In 2008, two former and one current residents graduated from high school!

For those who have already graduated, we provide ongoing encouragement and support to those interested in obtaining higher education. We also provide or coordinate tutoring as needed.

Job Coaching

Another essential instrument for success that is often a barrier for youth is employment. Residents are expected to be employed while in our housing program. This can be a challenge given their inexperience, youthfulness and, sometimes, poor work history; however, from the time they are looking for jobs and filling out applications to actual on-the-job coaching (if necessary), we provide them with assistance they need to be successful. In 2008, 100% of our residents obtained a job while in residency.

Life Steps

Our career exploration program is designed to help youth think about their future and how to reach their goals. In both group and individual sessions, residents complete a personal career plan and learn about various occupations. They develop job searching skills such as résumé writing, interview skills and professionalism, and they develop an awareness of their personal strengths and abilities.

Financial Counseling

In an attempt to educate and provide relevant experience to residents, while in the program, they are required to pay a portion of their housing expenses (e.g. rent, utilities, phone, etc). We couple the experience with monthly budgeting meetings to facilitate understanding of income vs. expense, need vs. want and to encourage them to live a fiscally responsible life.

Educational Group Sessions

Once a week, residents and staff come together for an evening of community, education and food. We provide a nutritious group meal that residents take turns preparing. Local organizations like Middle Way House, Ivy Tech, Positive Link and other speakers come help us focus on core topics such as drug awareness, conflict resolution and stress management. This experience also fosters a sense of community and is a safe place for our residents to interact with their peers and staff.

Health & Wellness

Our holistic approach to personal health and wellness begins with preventative measures like accessing health professionals and understanding personal health to providing them with healthy lifestyle alternatives through physical recreational activities and alternatives to substance abuse. In addition to education, we provide our residents with fresh fruits and vegetables of their choosing on a biweekly basis.

Health Care

Many of our residents have not seen a health professional in years and have used emergency centers as their primary care. When a resident enters our program, we provide them with guidance to navigate the complicated medical systems as well as other governmental assistance programs. While they are in our program, we also have them create a personal Health Profile and meet with a Community Health Educator to discuss ways to improve their health. By the time they leave our program, it is our goal that they have taken over their own health coordination. Educating our youth on the available community resources and how to access them is an essential component of our program. This provides them with information and networks so that, when they leave the program, they have the resources to be self-sufficient.

Be Active!

By offering a wide variety of recreational activities like rock climbing and swimming, this program promotes regular, healthy physical activity and is open to high school-aged youth in the community. While rock climbing at Hoosier Heights, one resident noted that she “forgot how much fun it is to be active!”

Alternatives & Awareness (AA)

This program educates youth on the negative effects of drug use and gives them healthy alternatives. To ensure the success of our residents, we couple educational sessions and positive alternative activities with drug screenings when use is suspected. In a non-punitive setting, we provide our residents the supplemental counseling and encouragement to break negative habits.

 

Facts on Homelessness

Becoming a Resident

Waiver Services

Waiver Services provide support and assistance to persons with developmental disabilities to maximize their independence, self-advocacy and interaction with our community. The service array varies by individual waiver, but most waivers offer services such as Case Management, Behavior Supports, Supported Employment, Day Training and more

Waiver Programs include:

Supports for Community Living (SCL) provides an array of services supporting alternatives to institutional care for individuals with Developmental and/or Intellectual Disabilities.

Michelle P. Waiver (MPW) is a program providing an array of services as an alternative to institutional care for individuals with developmental disabilities. MPW allows individuals to remain in their homes with services and supports.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) provides services and supports to adults with acquired brain injuries who are working to re-enter community life. Services are provided in community settings and focus on obtaining and monitoring needed services.

True Up

True Up is a collaborative movement spearheaded by non-profit agencies in Metro Louisville to enhance services for foster youth. This landmark partnership among Kentucky agencies brings together alumni from foster care programs who have faced the challenges of transitioning into adulthood. These now-successful adults share their experiences with the next generation of foster youth to help them overcome challenges so they may lead self-sufficient, productive, happy lives. Other members include Boys & Girls Haven, Home of the Innocents, Maryhurst, Metro United Way, St. Joe’s Children’s Home and Sunrise Children’s Services. For more about this program, visit True Up Louisville.

Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care provides specialized training to families who are willing to work with children with specialized needs. Our foster children range in age from infancy to 21 years, but the majority of our youth are pre-teens and teens.

Foster parents work with staff toward identified goals for the child(ren) in their care. Centerstone offers therapy, case management, specialized training, ongoing support and financial reimbursement to ensure foster parents can provide the best care possible to the child(ren). Each Centerstone foster home is assigned a Home Resource Coordinator who provides training and support to the therapeutic foster parents. We accept all types of foster families – traditional and non-traditional.

Centerstone serves children who need consistency, structure, love and unconditional caring to overcome their past and lead successful lives. We are highly selective in choosing therapeutic foster parents and foster homes. We seek people who:

  • Have a strong desire to help children be successful
  • Are trustworthy and dependable
  • Are loving and patient
  • Are committed to supporting a child through good and bad times
  • Have strong moral values
  • Understand and are willing to learn the unique needs of children with trauma and behavioral needs

Our foster children can only be as successful as those who care for them. That’s why Centerstone stands shoulder to shoulder with our foster parents every step of the way. We equip therapeutic foster parents with the training and resources they need to help our children thrive. This includes:

  • Free, individualized, no obligation training at your convenience
  • 24/7 assistance to ensure you are able to provide the support the child needs
  • Competitive daily reimbursement
  • Certification bonus
  • Monthly stipend for clothing and incidentals
  • Mileage reimbursement for transportation

To learn more about what a therapeutic foster home is, how to become a foster parent, or how to foster to adopt, check out our Frequently Asked Questions or please call toll-free (855) 460-0990. Or, fill out our simple foster parent application.

Be a Respite Care Provider

Don’t want to be a full-time foster parent? You don’t have to be!

You may be interested in helping kids in foster care but not in making a commitment to being a full-time foster parent. It’s all right. Being a full-time foster parent isn’t for everyone, but there are other important ways you can help.

One of those ways is to provide respite care for foster parents. Respite is when you provide a break for foster families (a two- to four-day placement).

Every parent and child need some “time off” from one another (a.k.a., respite). In more traditional families, parents and youth get this needed time by dropping the kids off at the grandparent’s, aunt/uncle’s or a friend’s house. Foster parents don’t have this more traditional option, which is where you, as the respite parent, play such an important role. Nearly all kids have fond memories of time spent at another family member or friend’s house. In your case, they will carry fond memories of time spent in your respite home.

More Information

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, fostering to adopt or providing respite care, please read our Frequently Asked Questions call toll-free (855) 460-0990 or fill out our simple foster parent application.

TAYLRD (Transition Age Youth Launching Realized Dreams)

TAYLRD (Transition Age Youth Launching Realized Dreams) is a drop-in center for young people ages 16 – 25. TAYLRD is a place where young people can engage in a community environment, connect with mental health services and other resources, and contribute back to the larger community in their own strength-based ways. The environment is casual, offering free wi-fi, games, food, a pool table and other activities.

Targeted Case Management

Targeted Case Management is a geared toward identifying and linking resources and supportive services to individuals with Severe Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders.

Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention

Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach lay and professional “gatekeepers” the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. This brief educational program is designed to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

Project Link

Project Link is a FREE program for pregnant women who are using alcohol and/or drugs. The program provides case management and peer support services that can help mother and baby connect with community resources, including finding OB/GYN care, transportation to doctor visits, housing assistance, obtaining mental health and addiction treatment services, Education on the use of alcohol and/or drugs, and assistance in obtaining baby items.

PeerFit 

PeerFit is a consumer-run health and wellness program including health assessments, fitness equipment, classes and more.