Therapeutic Foster Care

Open a Door for a Child | Become a Foster Parent

PHILLIPS Teaching Homes (PTH) offers homes with specially trained foster parents for children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. PHILLIPS Teaching Parents provide a safe, nurturing and therapeutic environment, giving children and youth with special needs the care they need to thrive and grow.

Available for children from birth to age 21 at time of placement, our therapeutic foster care services include:

  • Treatment foster care and intensive levels, and teen parent placements
  • Respite care out of home
  • Independent living support
  • Case management
  • Foster/adoptive parent training

Interested in becoming a PHILLIPS Teaching Parent?

PHILLIPS Teaching Homes provides a specialized 27-hour PRIDE training (prior to placement of children and adolescents) which will prepare you to become more confident in your parenting skills with children that are in foster care and also children that are eligible for adoption. This training will cover all competencies needed to meet the needs of children and adolescents that have gone through traumatic experiences, special discipline, attachment difficulties and will provide with a detailed overview of the foster care system. After placement, we provide ongoing training, support and we are available 24/7 in case of emergencies.

PHILLIPS Teaching Parents receive:

  • 24-hour support and ongoing consultation from PTH staff
  • Respite services
  • Social skills youth groups
  • Help to secure educational, therapeutic, health care and other community services needed by the foster child.

Please complete a Teaching Parent Application or contact Nita Lescher at 703-941-3471.

Facts and Statistics

There are an estimated 399,546 children in foster care in the United States, and more than 100,000 of them are waiting to be adopted.

  • Through no fault of their own, these children enter foster care as a result of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment.
  • The average child waits for an adoptive family for two years.
  • 9 percent spend 5 years or more waiting for a family (34,388).
  • The average age of children in foster care is 8.5.
  • The average age of children waiting for an adoptive family is 7.

Statistics are provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children AFCARS Report; Preliminary FY 2012 Estimates as of July 2013.