Treatment Foster Care Oregon - Adolescents (TFCO-A)

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. This program has been rated by the CEBC in the following Topic Areas:

1  — Well-Supported by Research Evidence
1  — Well-Supported by Research Evidence
1  — Well-Supported by Research Evidence
1  — Well-Supported by Research Evidence
1  — Well-Supported by Research Evidence
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About This Program

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

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. 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: May 2007