Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers (MTFC-P)
About This Program
The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers (MTFC-P) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Higher Levels of Placement and Placement Stabilization Programs.
Target Population: Preschool foster children aged 3-6 years old who exhibit a high level of disruptive and anti-social behavior which cannot be maintained in regular foster care or who may be considered for residential treatment.
For children/adolescents ages: 3 – 6
MTFC-P is a foster care treatment model specifically tailored to the needs of 3 to 6-year-old foster children. MTFC-P is effective at promoting secure attachments in foster care and facilitating successful permanent placements. MTFC-P is delivered through a treatment team approach in which foster parents receive training and ongoing consultation and support. Children receive individual skills training and participate in a therapeutic playgroup, and birth parents (or other permanent placement caregivers) receive family therapy. MTFC-P emphasizes the use of concrete encouragement for pro-social behavior; consistent, non-abusive limit-setting to address disruptive behavior; and close supervision of the child. In addition, the MTFC-P intervention employs a developmental framework in which the challenges of foster preschoolers are viewed from the perspective of delayed maturation.
The goals of MTFC-P are to:
- Eliminate or reduce child problem behaviors.
- Increase developmentally appropriate normative and prosocial behavior in children.
- Transition children to a birth family, adoptive family, or lower level aftercare resource.
- Improve children's peer associations.
- Improve parent-child interaction and communication.
- Improve children's coping and social skills.
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Essential Components, Published Relevant Peer-Reviewed Research, Education and Training Resources, etc.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2012
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2014
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2007