Treatment Foster Care Oregon for Preschoolers (TFCO-P)

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:

2  — Supported by Research Evidence
2  — Supported by Research Evidence
2  — Supported by Research Evidence
2  — Supported by Research Evidence
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About This Program

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

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2007