Eligibility Criteria

A child experiencing a severe emotional disturbance is an individual under 21 years of age who currently has or at any time during the past year has had a diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, adopted by reference in 7 AAC 160.900, the International Classification of Diseases, adopted by reference in 7 AAC 160.900, or the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood: Revised Edition (DC:0-3R), adopted by reference in 7 AAC 160.900, and that

1. Has resulted in a severe functional impairment that significantly interferes with the child's ability to participate in one or more life domains at a developmentally appropriate level and within a culturally appropriate context; or

2. Has resulted in the individual exhibiting one or more of the following:

  • Persistent symptoms of distress or diminished affect that do not readily respond to encouragement, reassurance, or instructional control;
  • Impeded development or inappropriate attachment as a result of exposure to traumatic life events or impaired relationships;
  • Pervasive behavior that is disruptive, aggressive, or risk-taking and that places the individual at serious risk of physical harm to self or to another person or results in serious property damage;
  • Consistent inability to participate appropriately in a community setting, including family, school, work, or child care;
  • Imminent risk for out-of-home placement;
  • Imminent risk for being placed in the custody of the department under AS 47.12.120 or as a result of exposure to maltreatment;

3. The child is under the age of 21 or under the age of 22 if he/she has not completed their high school education or received a GED.

4. The recipient’s specific symptoms and maladaptive behavior are identified during the Behavioral Health assessment that provides the basis for the recipient’s diagnosis.

5. The recipient has, as a result of the symptoms and maladaptive behavior, serious functional impairment in two or more areas of social functioning, including family, school, or community.

Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent

FCSA's Therapeutic Foster Care Program has Therapeutic Foster Parents and Foster Group Home Parents. These Foster Parents work with children aged 5-18 who are receiving behavioral health services through FCSA.

FCSA's Therapeutic Foster Care Program often has openings for Foster Parents and/or Foster Group Home Parents. Some of the benefits include:

  • Help kids and foster a future!
  • Receive support, respite, and training
  • Be a stay at home parent
  • Daily reimbursement and sign on bonus provided

For more information about FCSA's Therapeutic Foster Care Program, the types of children we service and the process to become a Therapeutic Foster Parent for FCSA, please see the attached FCSA Foster Care Information Handout.

If you are interested in applying to be a Therapeutic Foster Parent with FCSA, please complete the attached FCSA Foster Care Application and email it to the FCSA Foster Care Director at fostercare@fcsa-ak.com, or call at 907-474-0890.

For more information or questions, please contact Miranda Schultz, FCSA Foster Care Director, at (907) 474-0890 or email her at fostercare@fcsa-ak.com.

Thank you for considering becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent and Fostering a Future!

Payment Options

We accept Medicaid, most Private Insurance, and Private Pay. Sliding Fee Scale Available.

Client Rights & Privacy

Also provided below is information regarding client rights, privacy notices, grievance procedure, authorization to request client information and the FCSA code of ethics. An application for services at Family Centered Service of Alaska programs can be printed by going to the link provided below.

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For questions please contact the FCSA Privacy Officer:

Director of Quality Assurance
Telephone: (907) 474-0890
FAX: (907) 474-3621