Full Family Foster Care

Program Description:  A special type of service provided at TSA is our Full Family Foster Care Program.  This program offers community based foster care placement for adult mothers and their child(ren) in a TSA foster home.  The Full Family Foster Care Program is designed to eliminate the need for separation of child(ren) and mother when the need for county intervention and assistance is required due to parenting issues that are present, conditions of home environment do not meet the needs of the children in the home, or when the  family is experiencing homelessness. Placing parents and children together in a foster home allows for the parent to receive on-site supervision, parent coaching and mentoring from foster parents.

Like its partner programs, our Full Family Foster Care Program is a foster care based, comprehensive treatment program that combines the normalization of family living with the benefits of coordinated therapeutic treatment services.  Foster parents are ready to nurture, provide guidance and limits, offer tenderness and care to meet the needs of each special, unique child and their parent.  The assigned Treatment Team**, consisting of foster parents, Mental Health Professionals and the Case Manager, meet to attend to specialized treatment and care plans for each client.   The Treatment Team** model is the heartbeat of the program in the delivery of services to children and their families.  Quality foster care, meaningful therapeutic services, coordinated efforts, and partnerships with families produce positive outcomes for children and their parents.  Our program attends to the unique needs of clients with a multitude of issues. We are experienced in working with youths and their families with a myriad of mental health and chemical health challenges, family issues, and childhood trauma experiences.  We encourage and invite family involvement in the treatment experience; and this program directly supports the parents of children in out of home placement by offering placement for the parent alongside the child in one of our specialized homes!

Location(s): Our foster homes are located throughout the East Central Minnesota areas with services based out of Pine City

Ages: Adult mothers of all ages (mothers 17 years old and younger are referred to the Teen Mom and Child Foster Care Program)

Typical Frequency of Services: Based on recommendations included in Diagnostic Assessment 

 Available Program Components:

  • Family home setting (Foster Care)
  • Weekly individual psychotherapy/skills training
  • Weekly family psychotherapy/skills training
  • Specialized services on parenting
  • Weekly Treatment Team meetings  
  • Diagnostic Assessments 
  • Risk Assessment
  • Parenting Assessments available upon request - Purchase of Service contract
  • Access community based supports (ECFE, Pregnancy Crisis Center, AA)
  • 24 hour on-call mental health emergency response and support services
  • Educational oversight to complete diploma, GED, and/or enroll in Vocational/College classes 
  • Employment support
  • Coordinated and comprehensive Case Management

Additional Information:

Our parent clients are the primary care providers for their child(ren); foster parents are expected to monitor progress of the parent and child(ren) in the Full Family Foster Care Program with respect to the development and encouragement of parenting skills.  TSA foster parents, along with treatment staff, also work to provide an array of opportunities with independent living skills and parenting skills that range from money management to cooking, employment searching, to learning about development in children.

Skill sets such as attunement, attachment, understanding developmental stages of infants and children, and managing multiple stressors while parenting (balancing life, school, work, child) are just a few examples of the focuses with Full Family Foster Care parents.

**Treatment Team Model - Care and services are facilitated by each client's Treatment Team which includes foster parents, mental health professionals, case manager, and practitioners providing individualized services.  The treatment team meets weekly to coordinate treatment progress.  Parents and referring workers, Guardian Ad Litems and other significant persons in the client's life are including the case planning, treatment focus, and progress review by participating in intakes, Treatment Plan Development, progress review and discharge planning.  

For more information or to make a referral: 

  • Contact Erin Shodahl, Case Manager at 320-629-7600 ext. 7812
  • Contact Kara Moen, Case Manager at 320-629-7600 ext. 7830
  • Contact Wendy Rude Pangerl, Licensing Social Worker at 320-629-7816
  • Visit our Referral page 
  • TSA has limited availability to provide this service and welcomes referrals.  We strive to provide exceptional services and care and are committed to helping families grow in their family development, identity and success.