THE OCP DIFFERENCE –
OCP is a private, non-profit agency specializing in short-term, treatment foster care services. Our approach is rooted in evidence-based treatments and is underscored by the knowledge that positive reinforcement and support lead to the most enduring, healthy outcomes for children. Under OCP, families and children receive access to a network of caring professionals who are available to guide them along the path of stability. Our goal is to be the team that helps to turn lives around, and we are devoted to helping families of all types – adoptive, biological and foster – stabilize and thrive.
TREATMENT FOSTER CARE OREGON –
At OCP, we use a model called Treatment Foster Care Oregon. TFCO is an evidence-based, internationally successful program for children and youth with complex behaviors. We work within this model to keep youth out of residential care and to help reunify them with their families and communities whenever safe and possible. The TFCO model depends on foster parents who envision a better life for youth and have the determination to help change the trajectory of their lives. Family counseling is part of the program and foster parents receive 24/7 support. To learn more about TFCO, please visit their website.
Our program enables foster parents to do what they do best: provide a safe and stable environment to foster youth, while leaning on the program to set the pathway to success. The major goals of treatment foster care are to create supports and opportunities for youth to live successfully in the community, whether it’s a return to their biological family, or to find a placement in a traditional foster care home.
Our foster youth:
– Range from 4–20 years old
– Are referred from the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) and Oregon Youth Authority (OYA)
– Typically need extra care and support to stabilize and thrive
– Have usually experienced trauma and disruption in their lives
– May have struggled in a traditional foster home
– Receive individual therapy, skills training, and academic support to help them succeed
How does treatment foster care differ from traditional foster care?
– Placements are short-term, typically 6-12 months
– You foster only one child in the home at a time
– Daily check-ins provide continuity for the child and the family and allow for early intervention and support
– Foster parents receive extra support & training to meet the specific needs of each youth
– The youth are provided with:
– a consistent reinforcing environment that builds on individual strengths
– clear structure and limits with well-specified consequences and positive reinforcement, delivered in a teaching oriented way
– close supervision of their whereabouts
– assistance in avoiding associations with peers who are likely to have a negative influence
– skill development for building healthy relationships with positive peers
– Each family will be assigned an OCP Team Lead:
– An OCP Team Lead coordinates all aspects of the youth’s program while in your care. They communicate directly with the family, school, skills trainer, family therapist and/or youth therapist, so you can focus on the needs of the child in your home. The Team Lead plays the role of a limit setter, to help minimize any negative information or conditions coming directly from the foster parent. This buffers the relationship between the foster parent and youth by providing the foster parent the support and space they need. The youth might be encouraged to propose a plan with the Team Lead. This experience helps teach them how to appropriately advocate for themselves and engage with authority figures.
– Our families are encouraged to use respite/relief care:
– OCP offers respite care for all of our families and children. Respite is used when a foster family simply needs to take a break for a few days or if the foster family needs to be away for other reasons.