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Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO)

Treatment Foster Care Oregon is a specialised foster care program that supports children and young people with complex behaviours.

What is Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO)?

Treatment Foster Care Oregon is a specialised foster care program based on over 40 years of international evidence and research developed as an alternative to institutional, residential and group care placements designed to increase positive behaviours in children and young people with the aim of reuniting them with their families.

It’s a short term placement of around nine months in the specialised foster carer’s family home. TFCO carers provide close supervision and implement a structured, individualised program for each child or young person.

Two versions of the TFCO program are implemented each serving specific age groups

  • TFCO-A for young people aged 12-17 years run in SA and NSW
  • TFCO-C for children aged 7-11 years run in VIC, QLD and NSW
9 months to turn a life around (90 second video)

How is TFCO different to other types of foster care?

  • An Exact Program Guide: TFCO carers are closely supervised daily, directed and must follow the exact instruction in this highly prescriptive program.
  • Short Term: This program needs typically six to 12 months to make positive changes in a child or young person’s behaviour, enabling them to live well in a stable family environment.
  • Flexibility: TFCO carers will need to be available for their foster child or young person if needed at any time day or night.
  • Location: TFCO carers will live near one of the TFCO offices in either NSW, QLD, SA or VIC.
  • Highly Supportive: TFCO carers will be supported by a treatment team that provides intensive support and consultation to the foster parents. The team includes a family therapist, an individual therapist, a skills trainer, and daily telephone contact. The team meets weekly to review progress, review the daily behavioural information, and adjust the child or young persons individualised treatment plan.
  • Transition Support: TFCO continues to support the birth family or long-term carer with therapy and parent training. Families learn to provide consistent discipline, supervise and provide encouragement, and use a modified version of the behaviour management system. Therapy is provided to prepare parents for their child’s return home to reduce conflict and increase positive relationships. Family sessions and home visits during the child or young person’s placement in TFCO provide opportunities for the parents to practice learnt skills.
  • Support: Receive full training and 24/7 support. All qualified carers receive a tax-free reimbursement of $75,000 per annum, pro-rata (VIC and NSW) and $65,000 per annum, pro-rata (QLD and SA) to help with the costs associated with supporting a child or young person.

Program objectives

  • Create opportunities to successfully live in the family home rather than in group or institutional settings
  • Provide daily structure with clear expectations and fair and specific consequences
  • An environment that supports daily school attendance and engagement
  • Help develop positive attachments to adults

Become a treatment
Foster Carer

Becoming a specialised foster carer can be incredibly fulfilling, knowing you’re helping get children and young people with complex behaviours back on track, and giving them the best chance to shine.


Read some of our success stories from our life-changing programs

Kai’s story

Kai* entered foster care in January 2020 aged 14. When he arrived, he had been diagnosed with moderate depression, social anxiety and moderate OCD and he had been refusing to take his medication for some time.

Kai’s story
Bella’s story

Bella and her parents were referred to OzChild’s Stepping Stones to School (SS2S) program by her kindergarten teacher. Five-year-old Bella was attending her second year of four-year-old kinder.

Bella’s story
The Mitchell family’s story

The Mitchell family remind us of the increasing issue of adolescent violence in the home and the impact that programs like FFT can have.

The Mitchell family’s story
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OzChild acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government, Government of South Australia, Queensland Government and the Government of New South Wales.

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