Treatment Foster Care or Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC)
A program for children with emotional, behavioral or medically complex challenges who cannot be cared for in the home of their biological family. In partnership with our foster parents, who we call Mentors, our TFC programs use a strengths-based team approach, working with providers from many aspects of the child’s life. Intensive, individualized services are provided to the child and, at times, to members of the foster family. In addition, TFC programs prepare and support the child’s family to enable a successful transition home, when appropriate. TFC is less restrictive than other types of out-of-home placement and can be a clinically effective and cost-efficient alternative for youth involved in juvenile justice systems and as a step down from more restrictive settings. Known by a variety of names in different states, including Treatment Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care, Specialized Foster Care or Intensive Foster Care.
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