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Treatment Foster Care Oregon (Formerly: Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care)

About This Resource

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) is an intensive therapeutic foster care alternative to institutional placement for adolescents who have problems with chronic antisocial behavior, emotional disturbance, and delinquency. MTFC activities include skills training and therapy for youth, as well as behavioral parent training and support for foster parents and biological parents. Participating youth are closely monitored by the foster parents. The length of the program varies, and ranged from 5 to 15 months. The studies in this meta-analysis compared MTFC to treatment as usual, which typically involved placement in a group home care institution. (Source)

Washingnton State Institute of Promising Practices benefit-cost report (rated: Research-Based)

Crime Solutions from National Institute of Justice Registry

Rating: Effective


National Dropout Prevention Center Registry

Rating: Moderate Evidence


Cost Information


Who This Resource Is For


  • Behavioral Health
  • Family-Focused Program
  • Mental Health
  • Support Tier: 

  • Tier 3
  • Age Range: 

  • Middle
  • High
  • Language: 

  • English
  • Ethnicity: 

  • Not Specified / Any
  • Community Type: 

  • Inner City
  • Rural
  • Suburban
  • Urban