Drug Exposed/Medically Fragile infants are placed in foster care through our Pediatric Interim Care Services (PICS) program.

Pediatric Interim Care (PICS) is a program of Catholic Community Services Southwest. PICS provides specialized foster care, as well as home-based support services for drug-exposed infants and their families. Since 1990, PICS has provided intervention and support services to over 1,000 children and their families.

When licensed for this program, you will be caring for infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) who have experienced in-utero drug exposure, who are medically fragile, or both.

The first three years of a child’s life are uniquely important because this is the most sensitive period for brain development. The experiences a child has during this time will shape the architecture of their brain and build the connections that allow them to develop lifelong skills like problem-solving, communication, self-control, and relationship building. These skills allow them to survive and thrive within their family, community, and culture. This brain and relationship building happens through everyday responsive caregiving. Infants coming from a difficult in-utero experience need nurturing, responsive caregivers. Research tells us that infants who have experienced prenatal drug exposure have dramatically increased positive outcomes in their overall development when they are in a nurturing and consistent environment and are receiving early intervention as needed.

This type of specialized foster care addresses the specific needs of drug-exposed infants and their families. PICS foster parents receive specialized training to meet the needs of drug-affected infants. CCS offers monthly Foster Parent Support Groups for PICS foster families. Reuniting the infant with parents is the primary goal. Regular visitation is an important element of the services provided.

• Our dedicated CCS Licensing team will guide you quickly through the licensing process and are always available when you need assistance.
• PICS foster parents receive ongoing support by a case manager who will help navigate any additional needs that might arise for a child in your home.
• Our case management staff boasts an average of 10.5 years of experience in the field.
• PICS foster parents also have access to monthly support group meetings that provide opportunities to meet and talk with other PICS foster parents while receiving ongoing training hours.
• Families licensed through CCS for this population are changing the story for these children and their families.

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