Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program, in collaboration with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, has established a Short-Term Transitional Foster Care Program for Unaccompanied Minors in the Baltimore region.

Children from Central America, Afghanistan, and Ukraine urgently need your support as they wait to be reunified with family members in the U.S and/or a Sponsor. 

Therapeutic foster care parents provide a welcoming, safe, loving, caring and therapeutic home environment that helps youth integrate into the community while they prepare to be reunited with family or a sponsor. 

Our Services

As a therapeutic foster care parent, you are provided with all the training and support needed to care for unaccompanied minors.  The TFC Program has provided support to foster families for over 30 Years.  This includes ongoing individualized and group training and support, weekly meetings, consultations with a TFC social worker and 24/7 on-call services.  You are never alone; we are with you all the way.

Children entering the program are provided with individualized assessments and services throughout their stay.  Services include case management, education, acculturation, group and individual counseling, legal support, and medical and mental health care.  Services are provided Monday through Friday at a central location operated by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are children placed with foster parents?

Children are placed with foster parents for 1 to 3 months.

What are the ages of the children served by the Transitional Foster Care Program?

Children served by the Transitional Foster Care Program are 18 or younger.

Do I need to be bilingual to become a foster parent?

You do not have to be bilingual, though that’s a plus.

If you are interested in becoming a parent or for more information on our short-term foster care program, contact Sham Williams at 443-923-5941 or