About Our Program

Since 1986, Kennedy Krieger’s Therapeutic Foster Care program, has been offering a continuum of services for children with special needs who require temporary or permanent out-of-home placement.

Children who are placed in foster and adoptive homes through Kennedy Krieger have a history of, or are at risk for, institutional or hospital placement. Working in partnership with state and local child welfare agencies, Therapeutic Foster Care matches children with families who can offer them stability, love, and attention, until they can be returned to their families, adopted, or transitioned to independent living.

Kennedy Krieger is in an excellent position to provide these specialized services, because it has been helping children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and other developmental disorders for more than 70 years. Kennedy Krieger’s interdisciplinary are experts in providing diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and research of a vast range of cognitive, physical, and emotional conditions.

Funded primarily through the Maryland Social Services and Developmental Disabilities Administration, Therapeutic Foster Care serves more than 100 children each year.


Therapeutic Therapeutic Foster Care Treatment 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