KEEP SAFE

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Scientific Rating:
2

(provisional rating)

Supported by Research Evidence
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High

(provisional rating)

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Provisional Rating

KEEP SAFE currently has a provisional rating for the 60 days between: October 23, 2017 and December 22, 2017. If you would like to respond to the Scientific Rating, please submit feedback via the Contact Us page.

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. KEEP SAFE has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs and Behavioral Management Programs for Adolescents in Child Welfare.

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

For children/adolescents ages: 10 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 10 – 18

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 in the Placement Stabilization Programs topic area. Please click here to go to that entry.

Program Goals:

The goals of KEEP SAFE are:

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

Contact Information

Name: Patricia Chamberlain, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Oregon Social Learning Center
Department: Center for Research to Practice
Website: www.keepfostering.org
Email:
Phone: (541) 485-2711
Fax: (541) 485-7087

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