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Therapeutic Foster Care

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 2901 East Biddle St. • Baltimore, MD 21213


Paul D. Brylske, MSW, LCSW-C
Phone: (443) 923-5989

About Our Program:

This program provides a continuum of family-based services to children and adolescents with special needs who have experienced complex trauma and have a history of, or are at risk for institutional placements. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between parent and child. Foster parents are highly trained to meet the emotional and physical needs of each child.

Services include:

  • Therapeutic foster care
  • Respite care
  • Adoption services
  • Parent training
  • Foster parent training
  • Technical assistance to the community

Therapeutic Foster Care is a program in The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. For more detailed information, please visit

Primary Program Goals:

The treatment of trauma, addressing special needs and ensuring a permanent home, whether that means a return to biological parents or other relatives, adoption or, in rare instances, retention in therapeutic foster care due to very unique circumstances.

Research/Program Evaluation:

Therapeutic Foster Care contracts with the Children’s Outcome Management Center (COMC), a unit of the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry for the use of their KIDnet outcome data base system. KIDnet is used in the development of treatment plans, quality improvement/program evaluation, and research. KIDnet is a data outcome management system designed to gather information on youth outcomes in the following areas:

  • Background Information on Youth Served
  • Information on the Treatment Process
  • Outcome Information
  • Child and Adolescent Strengths and Needs Assessment (CANS)


Boyd, L., Brylske, P., (2013) Beyond Safety and Permanency: Promoting Social and Emotional Well- being for Youth in Treatment Foster Care, Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA)  

Brylske, P., Treating Complex Trauma in Treatment Foster Care. (Fall 2011) Volume 16/13. FOCUS Newsletter of the Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA)

Brylske, P., Roger, R., Belcher, H., (2010) Therapeutic foster program and promoting placement stability for children and youth in out-of-home care with special needs. CW 360 a comprehensive look at a prevalent child welfare issue, Promoting Placement Stability. Center for Advance Studies in Child Welfare. University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Jamora, M.S., Brylske, P., et al (2010). Children in Foster Care: adverse childhood experiences and psychiatric diagnosis. Journal of Childhood & Adolescent Trauma, 2, 198-208

Royes, S., Jamora, M.S., Brylske p., et al (2007) Understanding Placement Stability in Treatment Foster Care (poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting)

Bruns, E., Zachik, A., Brylske et al (2005) Maryland Science to Service for Children’s Mental Health: a study of treatment foster care in Maryland. Final Report on NIMH Grant no. 1R24-MHA068773-01

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
24-hour beeper coverage provided to treatment foster families.


To make a referral:

Amy Meyerl
Phone: 443-923-5985

Referral contact is available 24 hours.


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