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Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic or treatment foster care (TFC) is a clinical intervention to help children with severe mental, emotional or behavioral health problems. This includes medically fragile or developmentally delayed children with physical and emotional health needs requiring more intensive clinical and medical interventions than traditional foster care affords. TFC provides a supportive family setting until the natural family can be reunited or permanent placement through adoption can be arranged.

TFC serves children from infancy to age 18 (or older if the state Medicaid plan allows). States contract with private, state-licensed child placing agencies to coordinate the care of children in TFC programs. These agencies recruit, train and support TFC foster parents and provide licensed clinical staff to oversee each child’s individualized treatment plan and provide therapeutic services. A foster household is viewed as the primary treatment setting. This supportive environment helps foster parent(s) implement goals outlined in the child’s treatment plan.

Goals of TFC

– Community integration
– Meeting the medical needs of children
– Eliminating inappropriate behaviors
– Supporting children’s educational needs

The goals are carried out under the direction of a treatment team assigned to each child. The team includes the foster parent(s), therapeutic case manager, individual treatment aide, the child and his/her family, the state social worker and additional community resource professionals. Support from all of the team members enables the child to benefit from a home environment and community-based setting while receiving intensive treatment and clinical services.

The Efficacy of TFC

Too often, foster care placements of emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children fail. When this occurs, children are shifted from one home to another without the chance to experience permanence or emotional attachment, resulting in poor adjustment to TFC.

A retrospective review of 40 outcome studies (published 1974 to 1996) showed TFC resulted in widespread positive effects on increasing placement permanency and children’s social skills. To a lesser extent, TFC had positive effects on reducing behavioral problems, improving psychological adjustment and reducing the restrictiveness of post-discharge placement. Placement stability, dependent in large part on effectively matching foster children to potential foster families, is critical to achieving positive outcomes. Moreover, once a successful match is made, it is vital high quality services are administered consistently so permanence is maintained.

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Therapeutic or treatment foster care (TFC) is a clinical intervention to help children with severe mental, emotional or behavioral health problems. This includes medically fragile or developmentally delayed children with physical and emotional health needs requiring more intensive clinical and medical interventions than traditional foster care affords. TFC provides a supportive family setting until the natural family can be reunited or permanent placement through adoption can be arranged.

TFC serves children from infancy to age 18 (or older if the state Medicaid plan allows). States contract with private, state-licensed child placing agencies to coordinate the care of children in TFC programs. These agencies recruit, train and support TFC foster parents and provide licensed clinical staff to oversee each child’s individualized treatment plan and provide therapeutic services. A foster household is viewed as the primary treatment setting. This supportive environment helps foster parent(s) implement goals outlined in the child’s treatment plan.

Goals of TFC

– Community integration
– Meeting the medical needs of children
– Eliminating inappropriate behaviors
– Supporting children’s educational needs

The goals are carried out under the direction of a treatment team assigned to each child. The team includes the foster parent(s), therapeutic case manager, individual treatment aide, the child and his/her family, the state social worker and additional community resource professionals. Support from all of the team members enables the child to benefit from a home environment and community-based setting while receiving intensive treatment and clinical services.

The Efficacy of TFC

Too often, foster care placements of emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children fail. When this occurs, children are shifted from one home to another without the chance to experience permanence or emotional attachment, resulting in poor adjustment to TFC.

A retrospective review of 40 outcome studies (published 1974 to 1996) showed TFC resulted in widespread positive effects on increasing placement permanency and children’s social skills. To a lesser extent, TFC had positive effects on reducing behavioral problems, improving psychological adjustment and reducing the restrictiveness of post-discharge placement. Placement stability, dependent in large part on effectively matching foster children to potential foster families, is critical to achieving positive outcomes. Moreover, once a successful match is made, it is vital high quality services are administered consistently so permanence is maintained.

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