Foster Parents: The Heart of the TFCO Model
TFCO foster parents are unique. They are selfless, caring individuals, willing to give of themselves for the benefit of youth and society.
The TFCO model depends on foster parents who envision a better life for youth and have the determination to help change the trajectory of the lives of these youths.
TFCO needs more foster parents
To learn how you can become a TFCO foster parent, contact us for information on how to get in touch with a TFCO team near you.
What support do TFCO carers receive?
We provide full training and 24/7 on-going support with the aim of safely reuniting children back to their families. You will be supported by a team of highly qualified specialists including a carer supporter, family supporter, school supporter, skills coach, child support worker and TFCO team leader.
Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) is a unique scientific approach developed as an alternative to institutional or group approaches.
TFCO offers treatment within foster care for youth with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. These particular youth are not often successful in most foster care settings. They require a specific strategy to meet their needs. The work of TFCO is to embrace these youths—the at-risk youths who may be headed toward a difficult or criminal path.
TFCO foster parents help these youths change the direction of their lives before they reach the wrong path.
The TFCO model is effective: Youth live in the TFCO treatment home for approximately nine months, so there is no long-term commitment for foster parents with each child. Additionally, 24/7 support is given to foster parents. Each TFCO foster home receives initial and ongoing training, daily monitoring, weekly group support, and in-the-moment coaching.
The scientific research conducted to design TFCO has been continuously ongoing since 1983, and it is the longest running research model of its kind. Thousands of youths have been placed in the TFCO program, which is a fantastic accomplishment, and we want to do even more. We can help our communities more. To do that, we simply need more TFCO foster parents.
We have all heard that it takes a village to raise a child, and we need our village to grow. It isn’t easy to find TFCO foster parents. These individuals are selfless and unique people, willing to give of themselves for the benefit of others. Our at-risk youth depend on us to find more foster parents.
Foster parents are the heart of the TFCO model.
We know our communities share our dreams for helping foster children. It is our dream to increase our foster parent team by thousands. With each foster home, an at-risk youth can be offered the opportunity for a new way of life. We are committed to helping at-risk foster care youth live the lives they deserve. These youths deserve to have dreams and goals, and they deserve the opportunity to reach for them, just as all children deserve.
If you are interested in becoming a TFCO foster parent, please contact one of our locations close to you.
Thank you so much for your interest in the work of TFCO.
Stephanie, Team Lead from Leake & Watts, honoring foster parents in New York City
Open letter of appreciation to TFCO foster parents:
Dear TFCO Foster Parents,
It is a privilege and honor to work with you. We are grateful for every opportunity to convey our profound appreciation to you for everything you do. Your sacrifices and hard work do not go unnoticed. We are in awe of you. We respect you, and we are grateful for your heartfelt giving of yourselves in the service of others.
Thank you so much for being superheroes for at-risk youth!