As a foster parent or caregiver, you are here to provide love and care to a child who is hurting. However, many children entering foster care are in need of additional therapeutic support for the trauma and stress they have experienced before entering your home and through the process of transitioning into a new home.
Our team of trauma-informed caregivers and therapists is here to help! Whether you need sensory and therapeutic objects, coaching in trauma-informed care or the assistance of a licensed therapist, we come alongside you to help you meet the mental and emotional needs of the children in your care.
Project SOOTHe (Sensory Objects Offering Therapeutic Support)
Through Project SOOTHe, we provide sensory objects such as weighted blankets, swings and white noise machines that can help ease anxiety for children making transitions between homes.
These objects help calm the central nervous system and help little bodies process stress and increase the release of serotonin.
If you are a foster parent, case worker or therapist interested in applying for any of the following items for a specific child in the Austin area foster system, please submit a request form below and we will be in touch to discuss further. The child must currently be residing in Hays, Travis, Williamson, or Caldwell counties.
- Custom Weighted Blanket (please keep in mind that we will need approval from a pediatrician, therapist or case worker to confirm safety for each child)
- White Noise Machine
- Weighted Vest
- Therapeutic Swing
- Infant Wrap/Carrier
- Swaddle Blankets
- Sensory Toys
“I'm so grateful for the thoughtfulness, generosity and strategy that the folks at Foster Village utilize to care for foster families. My little foster son has been having lots of issues with sleep and this weighted blanket has already been an amazing tool to comfort him. Thank you for being a light!" -Kristen
Project SOOTHe Request Form
We have staff who are trained in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®), which is a trauma-informed, therapeutic model that helps caregivers provide support to at-risk and vulnerable children. This modality can help improve safety, attachment, behavior, emotional regulation and more, and it’s designed to empower families to support children who have experienced relational traumas.
Our staff is available to help coach and train you and your family in this model so that you can make the children in your care feel secure, cared for, welcome and supported. To request coaching, please complete our contact form.
We have a licensed marriage and family therapist who is trained in working with families that are navigating the challenges of parenting children who have experienced trauma. At our resource centers, we provide free therapy sessions to foster and kinship caregivers. To request a session or find out her next available office hours, please complete our contact form.