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Therapeutic Foster Care: Exceptional Care for Complex, Trauma-Impacted Youth in Foster Care.

Posted by lboyd544 on July 17, 2013

New Publication from SPARC (State Policy and Advocacy Reform Center)

Dear Colleagues,

We’re pleased to share with you the latest in a series of policy briefs, Therapeutic Foster Care: Exceptional Care for Complex, Trauma-Impacted Youth in Foster Care. Authored by Laura Boyd, Ph.D, Public Policy and Government Relations Consultant for the Foster Family-based Treatment Association, it highlights the promising practice of therapeutic, or treatment foster care (TFC) and its success in delivering services to foster youth with severe mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs or for medically fragile or developmentally delayed youth whose physical and emotional health needs require more intensive clinical and medical intervention than can be accommodated in traditional foster care.

Therapeutic foster care is a clinical intervention which serves youth age infant to at least 18, and includes placement of a child in a specialized TFC home. States contract with private, state-licensed child placing agencies for care of these youth, and these agencies recruit, train, and support TFC foster parents and provide licensed clinical staff to oversee a youth’s individualized treatment plan and to provide therapeutic services such as individual and family therapy, crisis intervention, case coordination, and medication support.
This brief provides evidence of how therapeutic foster care improves the well-being of the children and youth served, as well as provides tools and suggestions to state advocates on how to work with state agencies to implement therapeutic foster care. In addition, it includes examples from states who already deliver these services, and describes the successes, as well as the challenges faced.

 The brief can be accessed here.

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