Therapeutic Foster Care | Northwood Children's Services

Therapeutic Foster Care

A family-based approach to a child’s healthy development

Therapeutic foster care is a unique, caring and individualized program for youth who have special needs that cannot be met by their own families, but who do not require the care of a residential treatment center.


Program Overview

Children in this program have a range of clinical problems and disabilities, from emotional, behavioral, and medical needs to specific intellectual and developmental needs. In addition to treating specific conditions, therapeutic foster care also seeks to promote a nurturing and healthy family living experience for the children it serves.


Child-foster Matching

All foster parents are professionally trained and/or have experience working with children with special needs. First time foster parents, and/or those wanting to become therapeutic foster parents, will receive the guidance, training, and supervision required to do so. Northwood carefully matches foster parents’ specialized skills and talents to the individualized needs of each young person, creating a unique, family-based approach to community treatment. We also offer ongoing training, education, parent support, 24-hour on-call mental health and child psychiatric services and respite care.


Supporting Birth and Adoptive Families

Northwood is dedicated to serving the birth and adoptive families of children in the program while emphasizing the involvement of children and families in treatment planning and decision-making. We provide family reunification services in cases where a return home is planned. We actively work to support and enhance children’s relationships with their parents, siblings, and other family members during the placement period.


For more information or to make a referral, please contact:

Larry Pajari
Chief Operations Officer
Northwood Children’s Services
West Campus
4000 W. 9th Street
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 216-8317

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