You don't have to be
hero to help one.

A safe haven, a loving space, a home: 

This is what every child and adolescent deserves. 

For children and adolescents with special needs, this is particularly true, but sometimes, biological families just aren't able to provide the care and support these individuals need. 

That's where you can help.

Get Involved:

Provide a home and care for a children until they have been returned to their biological family, placed with a relative, adopted or transitioned to independent living.

(443) 923-3811

7000 Tudsbury Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244

The Therapeutic Foster Care Program at Kennedy Krieger offers a variety of services for children with special needs who require temporary or permanent out-of-home placement.

We match children and teens with families who can offer them stability, love and attention until they can be returned to their families, adopted or transitioned to independent living.

But we can't do it without people like you.

All you need to get started is the capacity to love and care for a child or adolescent. 

You'll receive specialized training and support, including respite care and 24 hour on call support.

Even if you don't think you're ready to become a treatment or adoptive parent, you can provide respite care for a day or a weekend. All it takes is a little bit of your time to make a big difference in the lives of these children and teens.

Become a Treatment Foster Care Parent

Provide Respite Care

Adopt a Child

As a licensed adoption agency, we specialize in placing children with families interested in adding to their family.

If you want to help, but are unable to adopt or foster, respite care gives you  the opportunity to provide care for short periods of time - a few hours a day, during the weekend, etc.

The rewards are greater than you can imagine.

"The best part of the work is helping a child reach his full potential in life."

- Diane Fiala

Our families can tell some amazing stories about their experiences with the Therapeutic Foster Care program. Here are a few of them:

"I never anticipated being a foster parent for this long. I love what I do."

- William Hardy

"We get a tremendous amount of support from Kennedy Krieger Institute. If we have a crisis, we can turn to staff members who are right there. They have gone so far as accompanying us to the hospital on emergency visits.

- Theresa Morris

"This program had me thinking in a new direction that Tim has a future and a life. There are people at Kennedy Krieger who really care. It meant a lot to me, and I know it meant a lot to Tim."

- Timothy Bruce, birth father of Tim

There are children currently waiting for a family. 

You could be it. 

Find out how to become a foster, adoptive or respite parent today.

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