Therapeutic Foster Care Services


Our Foster Care Programs provide therapeutic foster care services to a wide range of families and children. Pathways of Arizona works with children and families in these programs to ensure the best possible match and long term success. Our programs also provide 24-hour support to ensure the best possible outcomes for our families.  Pathways of Arizona offers all of its Therapeutic Foster Care Services in all served regions across the state of Arizona.

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What is Therapeutic Foster Care?

Foster Parenting is caring for a child until the child's guardian can resume this responsibility or a permanent home can be found.  It is a commitment.  Foster parenting involves providing a home and stable family for a child and giving that child a chance to heal, grow and develop.  The time frames can vary; weeks, months and even much longer- whatever is necessary to meet the needs of a particular child. 

Which Foster Care Services Are Offered by Pathways Of Arizona?

  • Therapeutic Foster Care​:

    • ​Our 24-hour care is designed for children with serious emotional problems who may otherwise require institutional treatment. We recruit, license and train professional foster-care parents to care for children for lengths of stay ranging from 30 days to over 1 year with therapeutic interventions.  Children in therapeutic foster care, often referred to as HCTC, need providers with experience working with children who can support them emotionally and behaviorally.  Providers offering this level of care receive additional training and support to assist them in the care of children placed in their care.

  • Respite:​

    • This service is provided in licensed homes to give families, children, and care givers planned breaks from their current situation.  Respite is available to children in both regular and therapeutic levels of foster care, with an ultimate goal to provide rest and relax to prevent more intensive levels of care.​ 


Interested in Getting Licensed as a Therapeutic Foster Parent?

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Please fill out the form below to be contacted by a Pathways Foster Care Specialist or contact the office serving your county to speak with us and learn more!

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Yuma and La Paz Counties


3818 W. 16th St. 
Yuma, AZ 85364


Pima County


1161 N El Dorado PL Suite #103

Tucson, AZ 85715


Coconino, Yavapai, Gila, Navajo and Mohave Counties

General information: 928-326-1129

TFC Crisis: 928-522-4517

Mohave County: 928-919-2927

Yavapai and Gila Counties: 928-255-5171

Coconino and Navajo Counties: 928-255-5171


Pinal and Maricopa Counties


2380 W. Glendale Ave. Suite 23 
Phoenix, AZ 85051


Check Out the Basic Licensing Requirements Below

Therapeutic Foster Care

Basic Licensing Requirements

  • You must be 21 years of age or older and legal resident(s) of Arizona.

  • You and all persons living in your home for 21 days a year or more that are 18 years of age or older must have a fingerprint card and pass a criminal history background check.

  • You are required to attend 30 hours of pre-service training provided through Foster Parent College. In addition, you are required to complete 18 hours of the Arizona Therapeutic Curriculum.

  • Your home must pass an Office of Licensing, Certification and Regulation fire and safety inspection.

  • You must provide names, addresses and phone numbers of five references.

  • If you provide direct care to any foster children, a physician’s statement will be required for any household member 18+ years of age who resides in the home for more than 21 days.

  • You must complete all required paperwork prior to licensing.

  • You must work cooperatively with the licensing agency. The agency must agree to and support licensing the family for the type of license requested.

  • You must provide current copies of your driver’s license, auto insurance and registration, proof of income, dog’s rabies vaccination and any prior marriage divorce decrees or legal separation papers.

  • You must provide information about prior work experience with children, motivation for requesting licensure and any previous experience as a licensed foster parent in any state.

  • CPR and First Aid Certified

  • You must have one year experience as a licensed foster parent and/or a Bachelor’s degree in the Behavioral Health Field.

  • Access to transportation for appointments and emergencies

  • For applying couples, it is preferred that one of the two of you is not working out of the home at all times, available to the child throughout each day.

  • Your home must safeguard weapons and alcohol appropriately.

  • You must agree to and comply with a contract to provide Therapeutic Services as an Independent Contractor with Pathways of Arizona.

  • Each parent is required to complete additional training as directed by the agency. Including but not limited to; Trauma Informed Care, Behavioral Interventions, and other regulatory agency required training.


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