Treatment Foster Care

Treatment Foster Care Mission Statement

Many children and adolescents are unable to live in their own homes for a variety of reasons including behavioral problems, neglect, and/or abuse. Others have been living in residential facilities for a period of time, separated from their families and communities. When appropriate, being part of a specialized treatment foster family allows each child or adolescent the opportunities for typical experiences in a safe and nurturing home with trained, professional parents.

Professional Family Living Arrangement (PFLA) is a treatment foster care program with a mission to keep children and adolescents in a less-restrictive home setting while working to achieve an individual’s full potential. Established in 1993, PFLA provides a broad arrange of individualized services to meet the needs of the child/adolescent with challenging emotional and behavioral issues. Its goal is to develop family relationships, independent living skills, and community connections. PFLA also works on the plan toward permanency, preparing a child/adolescent for adoption or to be reunified with his or her own family.

Program Description

The Groden Center’s treatment foster care program, or Professional Family Living Arrangement (PFLA), is a nonprofit, treatment foster care program serving children, adolescents, and young adults who have developmental, emotional and behavioral challenges, in homes of trained individuals or couples. An interdisciplinary team provides ongoing specialized treatment and intensive training to develop family relationships, self-control, life skills, and community connections. Support services include behavior therapy, case management, stress and anxiety management, social skills training, counseling, treatment recreation, parent skills training, medical and psychological care, educational coordination, transition and/or reunification planning and respite.

For more information on Treatment Foster Care, please click here (PDF) for our fact sheet.

If you have thought about or are thinking about fostering, please take the Foster Parent Orientation Self-Assessment Quiz to see if you are ready. Once completed, fill out our application in either English or Spanish.

If you have any questions regarding the Foster Parent Orientation Self-Assessment Quiz or the Foster Parent Application contact Andrea Neri, PFLA Program Coordinator at 401-274-6310 x1259 or

Our Professional Family Living Arrangement (PFLA) Program was featured on WPRI’s “The Rhode Show!” Our segment spoke about the urgent need for foster parents in RI.  Please click here to view the segment.

Foster Care Benefits

Groden Center foster parents are offered many benefits for their services. These include:

  • Generous tax free bi-weekly stipend
  • 24/7 wraparound support from master level clinicians
  • Foster Parent Liability Insurance
  • Respite
  • Pre-and post-in-service trainings
  • Free medical coverage for every foster child

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Valid Rhode Island Driver’s License and good driving record
  • Reliable, Insured Transportation
  • Ability to speak, read and write English
  • All foster parents must undergo a Criminal Background Check, Fingerprinting and Department of Children, Youth and Families Clearance
  • Have stable housing (own or rent)
  • Reliable income to support your household

The Groden Center’s Treatment Foster Care Program is Accredited

The Groden Center’s Treatment Foster Care Program has demonstrated that it meets international standards for quality and is committed to pursuing excellence and has been awarded by CARF, their Three Year Accreditation. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows our organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about CARF Click here.