KEEP SAFE [Placement Stabilization Programs]

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About This Program

Target Population: Caregivers of youth 10 to 18 years of age in foster or kinship care placements and the youth themselves

Brief Description

The objective of KEEP SAFE is to give parents effective tools for dealing with their child's externalizing and other behavioral and emotional problems including trauma and to support them in the implementation of those tools. Curriculum topics include framing the foster/kin parents' role as that of key agents of change with opportunities to alter the life course trajectories of the children placed with them. Foster/kin parents are taught methods for creating a safe environment, encouraging child cooperation, using behavioral contingencies and effective limit setting, and balancing encouragement and limits. There are also sessions on dealing with difficult problem behaviors including covert behaviors, promoting school success, encouraging positive peer relationships, and strategies for managing stress brought on by providing foster care. There is an emphasis on active learning methods; illustrations of primary concepts are presented via role-plays and videotapes. There is also a component of the model that involves having the youth meet weekly with a skills coach. The emphasis is on developing and maintaining positive peer relationships, increasing skills to deal responsibly and safely to avoid drug use and participation in health-risking sexual behavior, and to help these youth problem solve difficulties and stresses in social relationships with adults and at school. KEEP SAFE is also rated a “2 – Supported Research Evidence” in the Behavioral Management Programs for Adolescents in Child Welfare and Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs topic areas. Please click here to go to that entry.

Program Goals:

The goals of KEEP SAFE are:

  • Increase reinforcement from foster parent to child/adolescent
  • Decrease child/adolescent emotional and behavioral problems
  • Decrease foster/kin parent stress

Contact Information

Rohanna Buchanan, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Oregon Social Learning Center
Department: Center for Research to Practice
Phone: (541) 485-2711
Fax: (541) 484-1108

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: October 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2017