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Therapeutic Foster Care At Kennedy Krieger Institute

You Don't Have to Be a Hero to Help One

A safe haven, a loving space, a home: this is what every child deserves. For children with special needs, this is particularly true, but sometimes, biological families just aren't able to provide the care and support these children need. That's where the Therapeutic Foster Care program can help. 

Drawing on the expertise of an interdisciplinary team, we train and support foster, respite, and adoptive families of children with special needs. Families participating in the program receive specialized training and general support, including group meetings, social work services, and respite care.

But we can't do it without people like you.

We know some people may worry they don't have the right skills to be a therapeutic foster parent, but with the Kennedy Krieger team to support you, all you need is the capacity to love and care for a child. Through training, support groups, or the provision of respite care, our specialists are ready to help 24 hours a day.

No matter how much time you have, you can help.

Even if you don't think you're ready to become a foster parent, you can provide respite care for a day or a weekend. All it takes is a little bit of your time to make a big difference in the lives of these children.

The rewards are greater than you can imagine. 

Our families can tell some amazing stories, from children with severe behavior problems who once had trouble with simple social interaction but went on to graduate from college to medically fragile children who are riding bikes and running around, absolutely carefree. They say that these moments, these little miracles, are their biggest reward.

As a part of the Kennedy Krieger Therapeutic Foster Care program, you don't have to be a hero to help one.

Positive Outcomes From 22 Years Of Service And Expertise:

Children in this program have successfully:

  • Transitioned to independent living
  • Enlisted in the military
  • Attended college
  • Obtained jobs
  • Received recognition awards for scholastic and leadership accomplishments
  • Achieved permanency through reunification and adoption

Therapeutic Foster Care Parent Testimonials:

"The best part of the work is helping a child to reach his full potential in life."

— Diane Fiala

"Our foster child fits so comfortably here that it feels like he has been in our home forever. I didn't expect that."

— Brenda Super

"I never anticipated being a foster parent for this long. I love what I do."

— William Hardy

"We get a tremendous amount of support from Kennedy Krieger Institute. If we have a crisis, we can turn to staff members who are right there. They have gone as far as accompanying us to the hospital on emergency visits."

— Theresa Morris

"This program had me thinking in a new direction that Tim has a future and a life. There are people at Kennedy Krieger who really care. It meant a lot to me, and I know it meant a lot to Tim."

—Timothy Bruce, birth father of Tim

Contact Us:

Children are waiting right now for a family. You could be that family. Find out how to become a foster, adoptive, or respite parent today.

For more information about the services offered by the Therapeutic Foster Care program, please contact us at (443) 923-3811.

Therapeutic Foster Care
2901 East Biddle Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21213-3939

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