Choices For Life

Serving Oklahoma

Choices for Life Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC)  Program provides specialized in-home treatment for children and youth with multiple psychological, social, and emotional needs.  These children have special needs that require more intensive and therapeutic services than are found in traditional foster care.

Treatment families, in partnership with Choices for Life, provide and document on in-home basic living and social skills development on a daily basis.  Children in the TFC environment receive counseling services from our qualified staff.  Each child receives individual and family counseling, as well as participating in group counseling sessions each month.  This multi-dimensional treatment model gives children a chance to be a part of a strong and stable family, develop life-skills, and move towards having positive, healthy relations in their lives.

Choices for Life TFC involves planned therapeutic intervention that promotes healthy development of the child.  The treatment parents are trained professionals that provide the child with experiences and conditions that promote healthy, normal growth and a safe environment in which that growth can thrive.

Expectations of Treatment Parent Specialist (TPS)

TPSs are an integral part of the professional treatment team and are primarily responsible for providing the child with a corrective and preparational living experience.  In addition, treatment parents are the primary care providers and provide:  transportation, participation in therapy sessions and psychiatric appointments, involvement in school meetings, coordination of social and recreational activities, life skills training, and management of medical appointments.  TPSs are the primary agents of change in the lives of the children they care for.

We offer a variety of services to TPSs:

  • Pre-certification and on-going training and support
  • Screening and matching of treatment parents and children
  • 24-hour availability for additional support/crisis services
  • Support Group and Family Therapy
Special Planned Events* Monetary Assistance*
  • Christmas party
  • Parent Appreciation Dinner
  • Annual Back-to-School Picnic
  • Skating Parties
  • Compensation per day per child
  • Referral bonus
  • Christmas bonus
  • PAID respite
  • Free training

*Events & Assistance May Vary By State

Profile of a Therapeutic Foster Child

Therapeutic foster children represent a multitude of backgrounds and ethnicities.   They have all experienced some form of abuse and neglect and are in DHS custody.  With each move from foster home to foster home that could not handle their emotional and behavioral needs, their hearts grow harder and their needs become stronger.

In order to be considered for Therapeutic Foster Care, they must meet certain criteria.  Among these criteria, a child must have a mental health diagnosis and exhibit behaviors that are not as easily handled in a traditional foster home environment.  Children frequently have trouble with depression, anger, wetting the bed, poor boundaries, emotional extremes, or nightmares to name a few. Reminders and review of basic living skills and social skills will be a daily occurrence with a TFC child. 

Some children have never been praised for their good choices so they seek negative attention instead. Children often test the rules to see if you will give up on them like all of the other adults in the past have done.  It is the TPSs' role to disprove this belief by providing genuine support and encouragement to each child. 

The children range in age from three to eighteen, with the largest group being adolescents and teenagers.  The teen years are a time when all children seek to understand relationships, beliefs, and who they want to be.   Seeking individuality and self-understanding in a home that doesn’t understand you and all you have struggled with can be near to impossible.  Treatment parenting with teenagers can be a fun and rewarding job for families who are able to understand the needs of the child.

Most of the children qualify for an IEP (Individual Educational Plan) in the educational setting.  It is easy to fall behind in your studies in a chaotic home environment and for many children a therapeutic home is the first opportunity they have to focus their minds on learning.