ERIC Number: ED451442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Treatment Foster Care. Family Strengthening Series. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Increases in delinquency and violence among adolescents in the last decade are rooted in a number of interrelated social problems that may originate within the family structure. This publication is one of several in the "Family Strengthening Series" that describes the effectiveness of family intervention programs and provides resources to families and communities. Research has shown that association with delinquent peers is a strong predictor of future involvement in delinquent and violent behavior. The Treatment Foster Care (TFC) Program was developed as an alternative to residential and group care placement for serious and chronic juvenile offenders. The program is designed to reduce an adolescent's exposure to other delinquent youth. The program places juvenile offenders who require residential treatment with foster families who are trained to provide close supervision, fair limits, consistent consequences, and a supportive relationship. TFC parents are part of the treatment team along with program staff. TFC parents implement a structured, individualized program designed to build on the adolescent's strengths and to establish clear rules, expectations, and limits. An overview of the TFC model is presented, which describes the planning and implementation; funding; staffing and training; selection of program participants; and program evaluation. (Contains 2 tables and 22 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Community Programs, Delinquency, Family Programs, Family Relationship, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, Peer Influence, Peer Relationship, Prevention, Program Development, Social Problems, Violence
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Tel: 800-638-8736 (Toll Free); Fax: 410-793-4358.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Note: Funding provided by the National Institute of Mental Health, Violence and Traumatic Stress Research Branch.