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Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care

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Program Info

Outcome Areas
Healthy and Safe Children

Youths not using alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs
Children and youth not engaging in violent behavior or displaying serious conduct problems

Topic Areas

     Age of Child
       Adolescence (13-18)
     Type of Setting
       Home Visiting
     Type of Service
       Family Support
       Parent Education
       Youth Development
     Type of Outcome Addressed
       Behavior Problems
       Juvenile Justice
       Mental Health
       Physical Health
       Substance Use and Dependence
       Violent Behavior

Evidence Level  (What does this mean?)
Other Reviewed Programs

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Program Overview

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care is a behavioral treatment alternative to residential placement, incarceration, and hospitalization for adolescents with chronic antisocial behavior, emotional disturbance, and delinquency. The program seeks to avoid incarceration or psychiatric hospitalization for at-risk youth. Adolescents are placed in trained community families for 6-9 months to receive treatment and intensive supervision, while at the same time, their birth families receive therapy and parent training.

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Program Reviews

The Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care program has not yet been thoroughly reviewed by PPN, but preliminary review suggests it may be effective at improving outcomes for the indicators listed above.

This program is highly regarded by other credible organizations and reviews of the program can be found online at the websites listed below:

Blueprints for Violence Prevention

OJJDP Model Programs Guide

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