The therapeutic foster care program consists of a network of highly trained foster families who provide care to children living in Kentucky.  The children served have emotional disabilities which are severe, complex, and persistent, or they may be in crisis but able to be stabilized safely in a therapeutic family setting.  Foster parents are trained and supported to implement key elements of treatment in the context of family and community life while supporting the goals of permanency planning for children in their care.  While the role of foster parents is central to the service delivery approach, treatment planning is a team function carried out under the clinical direction of qualified program staff.  Treatment typically focuses on teaching the adaptive, pro-social skills and responses which equip young persons and their families with the means to deal effectively with their unique conditions or individual circumstances.  Individuals interested in becoming Therapeutic Foster Parents should contact River Valley Behavioral Health at (270) 689-6740.


Program Goals

  • To end the multiple and "revolving door" placements by giving a child a safe, loving home - an experience he or she might not have had in the past.
  • To prepare children for permanent placement with their own families, adoptive families, or independent living as appropriate.
  • To keep a child from harm by providing the optimal care at the right time in a loving home with Adult Mentors and Role Models

Services Offered

  • Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Case Management Support
  • Counseling and Clinical Support
  • Crisis Intervention, 24/7
  • Monetary Reimbursement
  • Foster Parent Support and Training

For more information on this and other RiverValley programs,
call 1-800-737-0696, or email

1100 WALNUT STREET, PO BOX 1637, OWENSBORO, KY 42302 | 1-800-737-0696