Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Preschoolers (TFCO-P)

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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 for Preschoolers (TFCO-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, and their caregivers

For children/adolescents ages: 3 – 6

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 3 – 6

Brief Description

TFCO-P (previously referred to as Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care for Preschoolers) is a foster care treatment model specifically tailored to the needs of 3 to 6-year-old foster children. TFCO-P is effective at promoting secure attachments in foster care and facilitating successful permanent placements.TFCO-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. TFCO-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 TFCO-P intervention employs a developmental framework in which the challenges of foster preschoolers are viewed from the perspective of delayed maturation.

Program Goals:

The goals of Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Preschoolers (TFCO-P) are:

  • 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

Contact Information

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

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2007