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Therapeutic Foster Care


GOBHI Foster Care Mission

Provide advocacy, intervention, and support to interrupt generational trauma, build healthy communities, and develop stable, connected, children and families.


Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is a special type of foster home that provides a higher level of care, supervision and support than traditional foster care. GOBHI foster families differ from those that provide regular care by incorporating skill development interventions throughout the youth’s daily life. Each foster home is provided with specialized training and support to help guide parents in creating a safe and stable home. When these services are available, it allows opportunities for youth to remain in their community and helps prevent them from being displaced in order to access treatment they need.

To support individuals and families that volunteer to foster, GOBHI provides:

  • Financial stipend
    • $80/night
    • $2400/month 
  • Planned respite care arranged by GOBHI staff
  • 24/7 on-call crisis support
  • An assigned Regional Child Placing Coordinator (RCPC) to support the family during placement
  • 37 hours of initial certification training and 16 hours of training annually 

General duties include:

  • Parenting and supporting children
  • Providing behavioral interventions
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly paperwork 
  • Participate in ongoing Trainings & Education 
  • Transportation 
  • Attend Meetings
  • Advocating for children
  • Openly communicate
  • Update GOBHI staff regularly
  • Ask for help and support
  • Model appropriate behavior
  • Practice lagging skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Pass a home safety and fire inspection
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pass a Child Welfare background check
  • Maintain an emotionally, physically, and financially stable household
  • At least one extra bedroom to dedicate to the youth
  • Less than five children currently in your home
  • Enjoy the challenges of working with children 

Our Youth

Children placed in TFC homes often have behaviors that necessitate increased need for structure, supervision and additional parent support. These behaviors stem from the youth being exposed to abuse and/or neglect and often lead to the youth experiencing multiple placements and a disruption of services.

Possible Common Behaviors

Fire setting

Cruelty to animals

Sexual acting our or reactivity


Alcohol or drug abuse

Enuresis or encopresis



Defiant of authority

Property damage

Self-abusive behavior

Anger management problems

Excessively agitated/hyperactive

Difficulty staying on task

Extreme demand for attention

Poor social skills

Sleep disorders


Eating Disorders

Suicidal ideation/talk

Threats of violence against others


Academic problems

Gang affiliation


Tobacco use


Certification Options

Quick Look:

Full-Time Provider (24/7)

Part-Time (Respite) Provider

(2-7 days)

Natural Support


GOBHI Stipend

24/7 On-Call Support

Weekly In-Home Support

Part of the Service Team

Initial 37 hrs of Training

Annual 16 hrs of Training

Individualized Skill Training for Parents

Complete Daily Interventions

Provide Recreational Activities

Provide Cultural Activities

Transport Youth to All Appointments

Proof of Insurance for Transport

DMV Driving Records

Complete Daily Documentation

Complete Weekly Documentation

Complete Monthly Documentation

Fully Certified

Must be 21 years old

Stable Income

(Meets families financial needs)

Room to Dedicate to the Youth

Less than 5 Youth in the Home

Able to Pass a Criminal Background Check

Able to Pass Child Abuse Screening

Mode of Transportation

Paid Time Off

Oregon Resident

Complete Home Study

Complete Application

Support Youth in Your Home

Complete Home Safety and Fire Inspection

Choose Demographics of Youth

See Referral Before Placement

Be In Good Health










Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)

Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Foundations


GOBHI Foster Parent Orientation

GOBHI Foster Parent Institute

Mental Health First Aid

CPS Tier 1

Mandatory Reporting

Policies and Procedure


Contact Us

For questions regarding the Therapeutic Foster Care program, contact

Individual contact information:

Adam Rodakowski
Director of Foster Care

Kate O'Kelley
Program Manager

Lindsay Gordon
Program Manager

Tonya Shepherd
ICC Coordinator

Randy Hathaway
TFC Recruiter

Jessica Compton
TFC Training Specialist

Regional Child Placing Coordinators:

Kaysey Crump-Serrano
Marion, Polk, & Yamhill Counties

Becca Harrison
Tillamook & Columbia Counties

Katelyn Hershberger
Columbia County

Anna Ketchum 
Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Morrow, & Umatilla Counties

Andrea Lockner
Malheur & Umatilla Counties

Aylee Rhea
Clatsop & Tillamook Counties

Amy-Rose Wootton
Douglas County