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Treatment Foster Care

Become a Treatment Foster Parent

Become a Treatment Foster Parent

To support the need for safe and supportive family environments in our community, enCircle trains and approves treatment foster parents in the Richmond and Tidewater area. If you're interested in learning more about becoming a treatment foster parent, please email or fill out this form:

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EnCircle does not approve families who are seeking infant adoptions, private adoptions, or out-of-state adoptions. We are happy to assist families looking for adoptive placements by referring to our partner agencies.

Learn more about our program

We support:

  • families of all faiths and backgrounds
  • LGBTQ youth and parents
  • siblings staying together
  • connections to the birth family
  • teens developing lifelong connections with a caring adult

We provide:

  • extensive training
  • respite when you need it
  • 24/7 crisis support
  • network of resources
  • online training
  • financial stipend

Treatment foster care combines the positive aspects of a nurturing family environment with active and structured treatment. Children in treatment foster care are typically older and need a more therapeutic setting to heal from loss, abuse, and neglect. The children we serve may have moderate behavioral challenges, developmental and emotional delays, or be medically fragile. Often they have been in foster care for a long time.

Additional resources

Am I ready for treatment foster parenting?
Treatment Foster Care FAQs
EnCircle Foster Care webinar: Lived Experiences
EnCircle Foster Care webinar: Healthy Attachments
EnCircle Foster Care webinar: Foster Youth Who Identify as LGBTQ
EnCircle Foster Care webinar: Youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior


We strive to match youth in care with enCircle Treatment Foster Families who will provide the best support based on the youth's past experiences and current needs. To make a referral, please email

Licensing and Accreditation

Treatment Foster Care is licensed through the Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS) and is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Services (CARF).



How to Support Foster Families

While not everyone can become a foster parent, everyone can help children and youth in foster care. Your gift to enCircle ensures our dedicated foster families have the resources they need to build caring relationships with children who have experienced many challenges and need extra support.