ERIC Number: ED189535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Therapeutic Foster Homes: An Alternative Residential Model for Emotionally Disturbed Children and Youth.
Friedman, Robert M.; Zeigler, Chris
Many communities have turned to group homes and residential treatment centers to serve children and adolescents displaying behavioral and/or emotional problems, because most foster parents are not able to deal with such children, and the expense of psychiatric hospitalization is prohibitive. One alternative which has been used very sparingly is the therapeutic foster home in which specially-trained foster parents participate as an integral part of the treatment team and help to build a cohesive network that provides emotional and social support for its members. The main advantage of such a program is that treatment can be provided in a family-style context. Negative influences from other disturbed children can be eliminated because the program is designed to meet the needs of each child. Although existing research data are not sufficient to permit an adequate assessment of the effectiveness of therapeutic foster home programs, the relative inexpensiveness and flexibility of these programs make a strong case for additional program development. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (26th, Washington, DC, March 26-29, 1980). Best copy available.