The Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services is collaborating with the county Department of Social Services and the Family Care Network to launch Intensive Therapeutic Foster Care (ITFC), a new program serving foster children and youth with serious emotional or mental health challenges.
ITFC is a highly successful, evidence-based, family-centered program that provides treatment and support to children and youth placed in specially trained and supported foster families.
The goal of ITFC is to advance foster children and youth quickly to permanent placements.
Therapeutic parents receive special training and guidance focused on trauma-informed care, as well as financial assistance.
— Suzanne Grimmesey is a chief strategy officer for Santa Barbara County ADMHS.