Summit Community Foster Care

REFERRALS

Referrals

Summit Community Foster Care accepts referrals mainly through Children’s Aid Societies; however, we do accept referrals from other community agencies, and child welfare organizations. Persons or agencies wishing to make a referral to our residential program are requested to fill out our referral form and fax or email it to us. All referral information is confidential and is to be directed to the Director of Services.

Admission into the Program

Consideration is given to all referrals received and they are reviewed for acceptance on a case-by-case basis. We are able to support diversity in entry requirements thus allowing for flexibility of access. This means that the focus is on presenting symptomatology and not on prior history of success with therapy, or earlier labels and diagnoses.

We seek to admit children and adolescents who would benefit most from the program according to their specific needs and risk levels. A risk assessment and outcome evaluation tool can be used for admissions to ensure proper placement, match the needs of the child to the appropriate level of programming and measure outcomes of programming decisions.

The Intake Process

After reviewing the referral materials, the Director of Services or House Supervisor may invite the child and parents (or other resource) to attend a pre-placement meeting. At that time, the placing agency/person will meet the therapeutic staff and tour the home. The child will be asked to remain for a visit. The Intake Team will then meet to determine whether the child is appropriate for placement. In the case of emergency placements the placing agency is required to give us all available information at the time of the placement and to complete the referral form within one business day.

Click here to download the referral package or fill out this online application.

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