About Intensive Foster Care

Intensive Foster Care (IFC) is a specialized program for youth who cannot reside with their families at this time as the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has determined that they require out-of-home placement. These youth can be infants up to 22 years old and are determined to need more support from their foster family because they were born addicted or exposed to substances, have experienced abuse and/or neglect, have complex medical needs, or are demonstrating emotional or behavioral challenges.

The Intensive Foster Care program trains and supports foster parents to provide a safe, loving, and therapeutic home to help youth heal from their difficult experiences. There is a need for foster parents who can care for youth of all ages with a variety of needs and families are carefully matched with youth with whom they feel they can provide maximum support. Youth referred to the IFC program are infants, sibling groups, school-age youth, teenagers and young adult, pregnant and parenting teens, and refugees. 

CFCS is constantly recruiting new families to serve the youth in foster care. In order to qualify for eligibility, CFCS foster parents:

  • Are age 25+

  • Have physical space for a child

  • Have stable housing and finances

  • Are physically and emotionally able to care for a child with challenging behaviors

  • Have availability to meet with the child’s CFCS social worker weekly in the home during business hours

  • Are able to be a supportive member of the treatment team, including advocating for a child’s needs, attending school meetings, attending quarterly treatment meetings

  • Complete a thorough background check including review of criminal history, DCF history, and fingerprinting.  

Interested in becoming a foster parent and feel you meet the criteria listed above?

Still have questions and want to learn more about what fostering entails?