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Provide a Caring Home for Foster Youth with Special Needs

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

As a licensed Resource Family Agency (Foster Family Agency), Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) believes all youth (the period between childhood and adult age) belong in families. We strive to find Resource Families for youth with special needs who are unable to remain with their family of origin. Youth thrive when they feel safe, secure and loved. It is our goal to recruit Resources Families that can offer these comforts that should be afforded to all youth. Please contact us at if you are interested in becoming a Resource / Foster Parent.

Our Resource Parent Orientation will help you to determine if our program would be a good fit for you and your family, as well as best meet the needs of the youth we serve. Once you are accepted as a TMI Resource Family and a match is made with a youth, Resource Families receive the following:

  • Competitive monthly financial and respite stipends

  • Comprehensive orientation and extensive ongoing training to fulfill annual training requirements

  • In-house autism spectrum disorder certification

  • Pro-Act certification

  • Resource parent support group meetings

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Facilitation of shared parenting relationships and communication between parents of origin and resource parents

  • Master level social work support

  • Assistance at medical and psychiatric appointments

  • Behavioral support provided by a licensed clinician (when appropriate)

  • The satisfaction of being a positive influence on a youth in need of care, love and a sense of belonging

Mother and Adopted Son

We have youth waiting for a caring home. These youth have a variety of needs, but all require families concerned with their overall well-being. Some placements are temporary, while others could lead to adoption and family for life.

You can make a lasting impact in a youth's life, as they will in yours. We thank you in advance for making a difference!


Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) has been transforming the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1981 and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing since 2000. In 2020, we launched Disabled Veteran Employment Services. TMI strives to help our clients to realize their hopes and dreams by providing Employment Solutions, Community Living and Family Support Services throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties. To stay connected with us, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Together we can share acceptance and awareness, ultimately contributing to further inclusion.


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