Assessing conformity to standards for treatment foster care


Journal Article

In this article we examine conformity to the Program Standards for Treatment Foster Care (Foster Family-Based Treatment Association, 1995). Treatment foster care (TFC) is an increasingly common community-based residential placement option for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. At present, findings from model programs suggest that TFC can be effective for producing desired outcomes. However, little is known about variations of TFC in real-world practice.The standards of care developed by the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association are used to examine variations in conformity to the standards in a statewide sample of TFC programs. Findings suggest fair to good overall conformity, with considerable variation among programs. The article includes a discussion of methodological and substantive considerations for future research and evaluation using this approach.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Farmer, EMZ; Burns, BJ; Dubs, MS; Thompson, S

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 213 - 222

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1063-4266

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/10634266020100040301

Citation Source

  • Scopus