Gateway/Alliance Therapeutic Foster Care

Gateway/Alliance Therapeutic Foster Care believes that every child deserves a safe, caring place to live, and that such a place is even more vital for children with severe behavioral or emotional problems, often as a result of abuse and neglect.

Therapeutic Foster Care serves a very specific group of children who typically need more intensive support and professional services than children in regular or emergency foster care. These children, who range in age from three to 19, often come from abusive homes or have experienced multiple unsuccessful placements.

Services Provided

  • Special-needs children are placed, for six to 18 months or longer, with families who have opened their homes to these children.
  • Therapeutic foster families receive 40 hours of intensive, agency-sponsored training and ongoing support in order to know how to provide for these children.
  • While in the home, children work with social workers and counselors in order to address emotional or behavioral problems. Weekly visitations, intensive professional psychiatric consultation, clinical intervention and 24-hour emergency support are provided.

The ultimate goal of the program is to try to reunite children with families or find permanent homes elsewhere.

Alabama has a tremendous need for therapeutic foster families. If you are interested in opening your heart and home to a child in need, please contact Jennifer at jlackey@gway.org, 205-510-2722 or Reggie at rwilson@gway.org 205-510-2728.  

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Central Office
1401 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205
205-510-2600
Rushton School
5201 Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
205-510-2600
Family Counseling
Shelby Wraparound
333 Business Circle
Pelham, AL 35124
205-510-2780
FOCUS Office
1401 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205
205-705-1025
205-705-1010