Treatment Foster Care

The Groden Center’s treatment foster care program, or Groden Center Treatment Foster Care (GCTFC), 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.


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.

Groden Center Treatment Foster Care (GCTFC) 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, GCTFC 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. GCTFC also works on the plan toward permanency, preparing a child/adolescent for adoption or to be reunified with his or her own family.


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Foster Care Benefits

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

  • Generous financial support
  • 24/7 support from a licensed clinician
  • Foster parent liability insurance
  • Opportunites for time off (Respite)
  • Trainings
  • Free medical coverage for every foster child

For additional information, please contact Andrea Neri, GCTFC Director, at 401-274-6310 x1259 or

Minimum 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

Click here to print an application (available in English and Spanish)