Treatment Foster Care Oregon - Adolescents (TFCO-A) [Educational Interventions for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care]

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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. Treatment Foster Care Oregon - Adolescents (TFCO-A) [Educational Interventions for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care] has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Educational Interventions for Children and Adolescents in Child Welfare.

Target Population: Boys and girls, 12-18 years old, with severe delinquency and/or severe emotional and behavioral who were in need of out-of-home placement and could not be adequately served in lower levels of care

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 12 – 18

Brief Description

TFCO-A (previously referred to as Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care - Adolescents) is a model of foster care treatment for children 12-18 years old with severe emotional and behavioral disorders and/or severe delinquency. TFCO-A aims to create opportunities for youths to successfully live in families rather than in group or institutional settings, and to simultaneously prepare their parents (or other long-term placement) to provide them with effective parenting. TFCO-A is also rated a “1 – Well-Supported Research Evidence” in the Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Higher Level of Placement, Placement Stabilization, and Behavioral Management for Adolescents in Child Welfare topic areas for adolescents with severe delinquency and/or severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Four key elements of treatment are (1) providing youths with a consistent reinforcing environment where he or she is mentored and encouraged to develop academic and positive living skills, (2) providing daily structure with clear expectations and limits, with well-specified consequences delivered in a teaching-oriented manner, (3) providing close supervision of youths' whereabouts, and (4) helping youth to avoid deviant peer associations while providing them with the support and assistance needed to establish pro-social peer relationships. TFCO also has versions for preschoolers and children. Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Preschoolers (TFCO-P) is rated separately on this website. Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Children (TFCO-C) has not been tested separately, but has the same elements as TFCO-A except it includes materials more developmentally appropriate for younger children.

Program Goals:

The goals of Treatment Foster Care Oregon - Adolescents (TFCO-A) are:

  • Eliminate or reduce youth problem behaviors
  • Increase developmentally appropriate normative and prosocial behavior in youth
  • Transition youth to a birth family or lower level aftercare resource
  • Improve youth peer associations
  • Improve parent-child interaction and communication
  • Improve youth coping and social skills
  • Improve behavior in school and provide academic support

Contact Information

John Aarons
Agency/Affiliation: TFC Consultants, Inc.
Phone: (541) 343-2388 x204

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2012