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Therapeutic Foster Care

This program serves youth in custody of the Department of Social Services (DSS) who have serious emotional or behavioral difficulties and/or developmental disabilities in need of a therapeutic out-of-home placement. Become a Resource (foster) Parent and provide a local home to keep children and youth in their community.

Therapeutic Foster Care

The Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program promotes a team approach to foster care to achieve the permanency planning goal of strengthening the family unit and reuniting the youth and family whenever possible, or assisting the youth in the adoption process, and/or connecting youth to permanency resources and alternative planned living arrangements.

HOMES NEEDED NOW—there are children in your community waiting to be placed. Be the one to give them hope!

Support Services

  • Case management and supportive counseling for youth and families
  • Service planning
  • Independent living skills and youth advocacy training
  • Coordinate and facilitate family time
  • Support, supervision, and training for Resource Parents
  • After-care services and support

Population and Geographic Areas Served

The TFC program serves youth and families in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Western New York Regions. This program serves children and youth ranging from birth to 21 years of age who have serious emotional difficulties, complex medical issues, and/or developmental disabilities, and is committed to keeping sibling groups intact through foster care placement.

Resource (Foster) Parents

The Pathways, Inc. Therapeutic Foster Care program is committed to effectively recruiting, training, and supporting our Resource (foster) Parents, enabling them to provide intense support and care to youth participating in the program. Family Specialists meet several times a month with Resource Parents to offer support and provide case management services. A 24-hour emergency on-call system provides assistance as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Resource Parents Receive

  • Monthly financial support
  • Pre-service training and home licensure
  • Ongoing training
  • 24/7 support
  • Satisfaction knowing you helped a child and family to succeed


To help a youth or sibling group in need, learn more about becoming a Resource Parent, by completing the Resource (Foster) Parent Interest Form or by contacting:

Manager, Therapeutic Foster Care

Pathways, Inc.
Corning Office
33 Denison Parkway West, Corning, New York 14830
T: (607) 937-4525 F: (607) 937-3206

Rochester Office
160 Allens Creek Rd., Suite 250, Rochester, New York 14618
T: (585) 434-3166 F: (585) 434-3167