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Foster Care for Specialty Populations

Foster Care at Citrus focuses on children with emotional and behavioral needs, as well as victims of commercial sexual exploitation, and homeless LGBTQ youth. Prospective foster parents are recruited, trained, and licensed by Citrus staff, and given additional training in strategies for dealing with different behaviors. Citrus also places children in therapeutic foster homes and community/residential group homes that best suit their needs. Foster parents receive additional supportive services and assistance developing a permanency plan for the child.  Most recently, Citrus developed a pilot program with the Florida Department of Children and Families and Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. to address the emotional and behavioral needs of teenage survivors of commercial sexual exploitation through Specialized Therapeutic Foster Care, and/or community response teams that wrap the child with supportive services and ensure continuity of care. 

For more information on Foster Care programs at Citrus Health Network and how to become a Foster Parent, click here.