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TREK (Therapeutic Resources and Environments for Kids)

TREK (Therapeutic Resources and Environments for Kids) provides individualized treatment and support services in a family setting.  The youth in therapeutic foster care live with a substitute family in the family's own home.  Clinical staff and the therapeutic foster parents work as a treatment team to provide a therapeutic environment designed to help the youth achieve increased emotional stability and an improved level of behavioral functioning and social interaction.  The therapeutic foster parents are specially recruited, screened, and trained to provide an environment with sufficient structure and treatment to help children achieve their individualized treatment goals.

Program Objectives:

  • To help the youth achieve increased emotional stability, improved level of behavioral functioning, and social interaction.
  • To help the youth achieve their individual treatment goals.
  • To help promote family reunification.
  • To help the youth return to the community successfully from treatment.
  • To educate youth about medication and the importance of medication compliance.

You Can Make a Difference in a Child's Life

Is therapuetic foster care right for you?  There is no obligation if you wish to receive more information about the TREK therapeutic foster care program.  If you decide to become a member of our team, you will receive free training, monthly compenstation, and 24-hour on-call support.  A family consultant will work closely with you to ensure that the child's best interest is always our focus.

Please consider opening your heart and home to a child in need.

For more information, please complete and submit a TREK Foster Parent Application or call the number for your area:

Region 1 (Northwest GA)
Phone: 423.653.0675 or 706.806.1108
Region 3 (North of Atlanta) 

Phone: 706.676.4062 

Region 5 (Athens Area)
Phone: 423.208.1259

Region 6 (Middle GA)
Phone: 478.993.5357

Minimum Requirements for Foster Parents

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Physical and drug test (provided by TREK)
  • Training (provided by TREK)
  • Ability to read, write and understand concepts (High School or GED preferred)
  • Three character  references
  • Finger prints and background check on all members of the household (above 18 years of age)
  • Child Protective Services background check
  • Home, water supply, and sewage approved by Health Department
  • Functional smoke alarms
  • Firearms locked away from children
  • Sleeping space in a bedroom with adequate space for clothing
  • Financially stable
  • At least one parent with a flexible enough schedule to transport children to appointments and school meetings


Referrals may be made by any of the following:

  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Department of Family and Children Services
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Juvenile Court Judges
  • Families
  • County School Systems
  • Agency On-Call Staff

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