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The Intentional Foster Care (IFC) program is a parent model, staff supported foster care program located in the major centres of southwestern Ontario serving the child placement needs of the Children’s Aid Societies in the counties of Elgin, Oxford, Middlesex, Huron-Perth, Lambton, Kent, and Essex.  The IFC program is underpinned by the principles of cognitive behavior therapy and integrative neuropsychology.  IFC is indebted to the Oregon Social Learning Centre and the work of Dr. P. Chamberlain, PhD.

The IFC is directed at high risk youth between the age of ten (10) and fifteen (15) with an ACE score of 3 or more. Eligible youth demonstrate behavior that is so extreme it places all collaterals at risk; behavior so frequent and intense, it is intolerable; and so disorganized and chaotic, it is intractable.  These youths lack the resources and/or requisite skills to respond compassionately and appropriately to the challenges in their environment which frequently has resulted in multiple placement breakdowns and further compounding the youth’s difficulties.


Bluewater Family Suport Services knows how to help. To learn more about our Intentional Foster Care (IFC) program: click the IFC button.


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