Bridges Therapeutic Foster Care

A Place to Call Home… Abbott House operates 3 therapeutic foster homes that can house up to 17 young children ages 10 to 17 at one time in Mitchell, SD.  Two of the foster homes can house 6 children, 1 home has 5 children living in it.   Abbott House also operates 2 therapeutic foster homes in Rapid City, SD; 1 home has 6 bedrooms to serve boys ages 10 to 17 and the other home has 6 bedrooms for girls ages 10 to 17. Abbott House will build additional therapeutic foster family homes in Rapid City in 2019. One will be designated for 6 bedrooms to serve boys ages 10 to 17 and another will have 6 bedrooms for girls ages 10 to 17. These homes will provide expanded “close to home” foster care to West River children and to their families. In addition, each home will include two 2- bedroom independent living apartments for supported environments for those youth 18 years and older.

All of these young people no longer require residential psychiatric treatment but lack the skills necessary to live independently.  A salaried couple lives in each home and serves as the parental figures for the girls or boys living in their respective homes.  Many of the girls are former residents of Abbott House but are considered difficult to place in regular foster homes because of age or behavioral problems.

Once youth graduate from the Abbott House treatment program, all of the therapy and emotional work may be lost if they cannot use their coping and communication skills in a real family setting.  These homes provide a family environment where girls and boys learn skills needed as they transition into adulthood.  Each resident of the foster homes has his/her own bedroom, attends school and holds a summer job if appropriate.  Abbott House sees these homes as an investment toward independence and personal responsibility.