Promising Practices in Treatment Foster Care
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Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Treatment Foster Care: A Resource Guide (PDF - 1049 KB)
Foster Family-based Treatment Association (2008)
Offers treatment foster care providers information, references, resources, and tools for implementing evidence-based practices in their service settings.
Best Practices for Improving Levels of Functioning and Subsequent Discharge to Less Restrictive Environments for Children and Youth in Therapeutic Foster Care
In Multidimensional Evidence-Based Practice: Synthesizing Knowledge, Research, and Values
Explores best practices for improving the levels of functioning of children while in therapeutic foster care and during their subsequent discharge to less restrictive environments.
Children in Treatment Foster Care: Using Agency Data to Study Cross-System Child Outcomes (PDF - 189 KB)
University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2009)
Uses statewide data from the Minn-LinK Project and administrative data from one TFC agency in Minnesota to explore cross-system child outcomes. This study was intended to help begin to form a broad picture of the status of TFC children and to help fill gaps in the TFC literature by linking TFC program records across other systems. The paper highlights some findings.
Cross System Comparisons of Children in Treatment Foster Care: Using Agency Data to Study Cross-System Child Outcomes
Children and Youth Services Review, 32(1), 2010
Provides recommendations for how treatment foster care agencies might enhance the quality of their data to improve their ability to report on their performance.
Effects of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers (MTFC-P) on Reducing Permanent Placement Failures Among Children With Placement Instability (PDF - 213 KB)
Fisher, Hyoun, & Pears
Children and Youth Services Review, 31(5), 2009
Examines the effects of a therapeutic intervention on permanency outcomes for preschoolers in foster care with histories of placement instability and determines whether the intervention's effectiveness on these outcomes varied based on prior maltreatment experiences.
Outcomes for Children and Youth With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Their Families: Programs and Evaluation Best Practices
Epstein, Kutash, & Duchnowski (Eds.), (2nd ed.) (2005)
Reviews best practices and programs for providing services to children with emotional or behavioral disorders and their families using the systems of care model.
Prevention of Behavior Problems for Children in Foster Care: Outcomes and Mediation Effects
Chamberlain, Price, Leve, Laurent, Landsverk, & Reid
Prevention Science, 9(1), 2008
Discusses theoretically based, developmentally sensitive parent training interventions, such as Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care, that have been found to be effective in experimental clinical and prevention intervention trials with foster parents of youth referred from juvenile justice.
Prior Placements of Youth Admitted to Therapeutic Foster Care and Residential Treatment Centers: The Odyssey Project Population
Baker & Curtis
Child and Adolescent Social Work, 23(1), 2006
Compares two samples of youth in the child welfare system: youth entering residential treatment centers and youth entering therapeutic foster care. Results have implications for improving clinical practice and for the development of a cross-system perspective on serving troubled youth.
Therapeutic Interventions for Foster Children: A Systematic Research Synthesis
Craven & Lee
Research on Social Work Practice, 2006
Provides a systemic research synthesis of empirical studies of children in foster care who have severe emotional, behavioral, or developmental problems. The article attempts to identify and classify therapeutic interventions for foster children, including those that may be considered well-supported and efficacious.
Treatment Foster Care for Improving Outcomes in Children and Young People
MacDonald & Turner
Campbell Collaboration Social Welfare Group & Queen's University Belfast (2008)
Focuses on five U.S. studies and attempts to assess the impact of treatment foster care on a range of outcomes for children and young people in difficult circumstances including psychosocial and behavioral outcomes, delinquency, placement stability, and discharge status.
What's the Relationship Got to Do With It? Understanding the Therapeutic Relationship in Therapeutic Foster Care
Southerland, Mustillo, Farmer, Stambaugh, & Murray
Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 26(1), 2009
Examines the therapeutic relationship between children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders and their treatment providers in the context of an observational study of therapeutic foster care.