Western Arkansas Therapeutic Children's Homes (WATCH)

The WATCH approach is unique in that our staff members work to support, the foster child, the child's biological family, as well as the Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) family.  The TFC team builds therapeutic relationships with each family and works alongside them to incorporate a positive, flexible, and strengths-based approach.

WATCH strongly supports its foster families by providing them with:

  • High value and respect
  • Pre-service and ongoing trainings
  • Clinical support
  • In-home weekly visits from TFC staff
  • 24 hour/7 day emergency on-call assistance
  • Crisis support
  • Up to 14 days per year of respite support
  • Generous monthly reimbursement rate

WATCH views its TFC families as an invaluable part of a treatment team. This means that the foster family’s input, observations, and insight are crucial and valued by the WATCH team members.

WATCH Information

WATCH Parents Needed

We are always looking for caring people to provide Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) to children with emotional and/or behavioral needs. TFC parents provide not only basic care to a child, but also must provide emotional healing and behavioral support. TFC parents assist a child in learning how to live in a healthy family environment and how to become an active member of the community. If you are interested in learning more, please call 479-629-0285 today!  WATCH is an EOE.

Locations: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott & Sebastian counties in Arkansas

Respite Care

Our Respite Care program provides a short-term, temporary break for families that have children with emotional or behavioral needs. 

* Respite Care can consist of a day, overnight, or a weekend.

Contact WATCH

If you are interested in more information about becoming a WATCH parent, please contact Director of WATCH Melanie Taylor at 479.471.5990 or email at melanie.taylor@wacgc.org.

 

 

 


 

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    From Oklahoma:

    Take I-540, Exit 8 for AR-22/Rogers Ave.
    Turn right onto AR-22 East/Rogers Ave.
    Turn right onto S. 70th St.
    Destination will be on the left

    From Van Buren:

    Follow I-540 to AR-22 E/Rogers Ave.
    Take Exit 8B
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    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 North ramp to I-40
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    From Fort Smith:

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    Take Exit 1B for I-40 East/I-540 North toward Little Rock
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    From Fort Smith:

    Take Interstate 540 South
    Take Exit 12 toward US-71 South to Texarkana
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    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
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    Take I-540 South
    Take exit 12 toward US-71 South/Texarkana
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  • Mena

    From Fort Smith:

    Take I-540 South
    Take Exit 12 toward US-71 South/Texarkana
    Turn left onto US-71 South (signs for Greenwood/Texarkana)
    Turn left onto Dayton Rd./Old Fort Smith and Waldron Rd.
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