TFCO– Treatment Foster Care Oregon

TFCO is an alternative to placement in group/residential care settings or to incarceration or psychiatric hospitalization. In TFCO, youth are placed singly in well-trained and supported community foster homes.

The major goals of TFCO are to create supports and opportunities for youth so they can live successfully in the community and to prepare their parents, relatives, or other aftercare family to use skills and methods that allow them to maintain the gains their youth has made while in TFCO once he or she returns home.

TFCO includes multi-level interventions in family, community, and school settings. Youth receive individual therapy, skill training, and academic supports. Their families receive family therapy.

Typically,TFCO placements are short-term (from 6-9 months). From the beginning of placement, work with the youth’s parents is emphasized to prepare the youth and the adults for post-TFCO life. Four key elements are targeted in TFCO and in aftercare.

  • Providing youth with a consistent reinforcing environment that builds on individual strengths
  • Providing clear structure and limits with well-specified consequences that are delivered in a teaching-oriented way
  • Providing close supervision of the youth’s whereabouts
  • Helping youth avoid associations with peers who are likely to have a negative influence, and developing skills for having relationships with positive peers.

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