Treatment Foster Care Oregon
Kids should live in homes, not institutions.
we are strong together
Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) was developed as an alternative to institutional, residential, and group care placements for children and youth with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Multiple randomized trials confirm a number of positive results.
The model is tailored to the unique developmental needs of children from ages 3 to 17 years.
TFCO was formerly known as Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC).
TFCO-P is specifically tailored to the needs of 3- to 6-year-old children and is effective in promoting secure attachments to caregivers and facilitating successful permanent placements (e.g., reunification with birth parents and adoptions).
Referrals are typically received from child welfare and mental health case workers. Children referred to TFCO-C are between the ages of 7 and 11 and in need of an out-of-home placement due to serious emotional, behavioral or mental health problems.
Placements in TFCO for adolescents are typically 9 months in length and rely on intensive, well-coordinated, multi-method interventions conducted in the TFCO home, with the youth’s discharge home, and with the youth in the community including academic support.
The two main goals of TFCO are to create opportunities for youth to successfully live in a family setting and to simultaneously help parents (or other long-term family resource) provide effective parenting.
TFCO focuses on five key areas: (1) a consistent, reinforcing environment with mentoring and encouragement; (2) daily structure with clear expectations and specific consequences; (3) a high level of youth supervision; (4) limited access to problem peers along with access to prosocial peers; and (5) an environment that supports daily school attendance and homework completion.
Consistent Reinforcing Environment
Promote Prosocial Peers
- Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy: TOP TIER
- Crime Solutions: EFFECTIVE
- SAMHSA: 2.8-3.1
- Blueprints: MODEL
- OJJDP Model Programs: EFFECTIVE
RESPONSIBLE USE OF FUNDS
“TFCO costs are lower when compared to the fees set by secure residential care, but slightly higher than the rates of residential homes, assuming that the care times for the different settings are the same. Considering the longterm effects, TFCO is more cost-effective than both types of residential care mentioned above.”
— SBU • Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services – www.SBU.se
With a strong focus on evidence-based interventions, government and philanthropic spending can successfully address poverty, educational failure, violence, drug abuse, and other critical problems.
— Washington State Institute for Public Policy http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/BenefitCost/Program/20
CHANCE PROGRAM WILL PRODUCE BENEFITS GREATER THAN COST
TFCO Has Proven To:
- Prevent or reduce the number of days in institutional or residential settings
- Prevent the escalation of delinquency, youth violence and pregnancy
- Increase positive academic engagement
- Reduce placement disruptions
- Increase attachment
- Improve brain stress regulatory systems
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Contact John or Rena to see how TFCO can help you.
John Aarons, M.S.
President, TFC Consultants, Inc
Rena Gold, M.S.W.
VP of Implementations, TFC Consultatns, Inc.
Main Office Contact
12 Shelton McMurphey Blvd., Eugene, Oregon 97401
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“… (TFCO) has been rigorously studied and proven to help children 12-18 years of age that have high needs or as an alternative to residential care. ….”