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Foster Care Services

Service Alternatives is committed to using a Family Centered Practice model in working with families and foster families. In using this approach, SA supports and strengthens families and communities through involvement, education, awareness, growth and support.

Foster care is a vital part of SA’s Children and Family Services division, and the Family Centered Practice model develops strategies to promote stabilization and learning. It is a program specifically designed to help children whose needs, for varying reasons, may not be able to be met by their biological family. Through supports from foster parents, in partnership with the biological family, program staff, and community programs, the foster care program aims to help all children reach the least restrictive, permanent home setting possible. Foster parents help children stabilize and assist them in reaching their permanent goal.
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For some children, this may mean a return home to biological parent(s) or a relative home; and for others, to a foster-adopt home to achieve permanence.


Regular Foster Care

This level of care is essentially the base service level that most foster children will receive when in foster care in Washington State. This level may include children who are new to Children’s Protective Services or children who have transitioned out of more moderate care situations and have reached more permanent living situation


Ages of children in RFC: 0-17
Review the Foster Care Manual to see reimbursement rates.


Therapeutic Foster Care(TFC) – Behavioral Rehabilitative Services (BRS)

This level of care is specifically designed for children who require highly intensive supports and services to live successfully in family situations. Your family will be provided with wraparound support to ensure professional services and eventual reduction to less intensive and costly services. Families at this level should have at least two years of relevant experience and must have an individual bedroom available for a child. Foster parents may request two days of respite per month.


Ages of children in TFC: 6-17
Review the Foster Care Manual to see reimbursement rates.


Specialized Foster Care – Behavioral Rehabilitative Services (BRS)

This level of care is specifically designed for children who require specialized support and services in order to achieve a successful living situation or transition to a permanent living situation. This level provides your family with additional support and professional services to assist the child in reducing their need for specialized care. Families at this level should have a minimum of one year of relevant experience. Foster parents may request two days of respite per month.


Ages of children in SFC: 6-17
Review the Foster Care Manual to see reimbursement rates.