Teaching-Family Model (TFM)

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Teaching-Family Model (TFM) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Higher Levels of Placement and Behavioral Management Programs for Adolescents in Child Welfare.

Target Population: Youth who are at-risk, juvenile delinquents, in foster care, mentally retarded/developmentally disabled, or severely emotionally disturbed; families at risk of having children removed

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

TFM is a unique approach to human services characterized by clearly defined goals, integrated support systems, and a set of essential elements. TFM has been applied in residential group homes, home-based services, foster care and treatment foster care, schools, and psychiatric institutions. The model uses a married couple or other “teaching parents” to offer a family-like environment in the residence. The teaching parents help with learning living skills and positive interpersonal interaction skills. They are also involved with children’s parents, teachers, and other support network to help maintain progress.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Teaching-Family Model (TFM) are:

  • Improved outcomes related to mental health
  • Reduced restrictiveness of living
  • Reunification with family
  • Personalized goals identified by client and client's family

Contact Information

Peggy McElgunn
Title: Esq. (Juris Doctorate)
Agency/Affiliation: Teaching-Family Association
Website: www.teaching-family.org
Phone: (804) 639-9213
Fax: (804) 639-9212

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: August 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2008