Outcomes in Treatment Foster Care. Amelia Franck Meyer, MS, MSW, LISW, APSW CEO, Anu Family Services. Agenda. Introductions and History Brief Framework for Treatment Foster Care State and National perspective on TFC outcomes and research Anu’s TFC outcomes and research
Amelia Franck Meyer, MS, MSW, LISW, APSW CEO, Anu Family Services
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State and National perspective on TFC outcomes and research
Anu’s TFC outcomes and research
Challenges to Providing TFC outcomes and research
The Bottom Line/Summary
I. Introductions and History
Perspective and Experience
20 years of experience in child welfare in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin with some experience in North Dakota and Colorado
8 years as CEO of Anu Family Services
Past President, former Research Committee Co-Chair and Public Policy Committee Chair, 6-year Board member of the Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA); an international association of over 400 Treatment Foster Care agencies
History: Anu Family Services
Operating as a Wisconsin non-profit agency for 17 years (formerly known as PATH Wisconsin)
Former parent company was PATH, Inc. which operated in WI, MN, ND and CO
Began services in Western Wisconsin and moved over the years to the Eastern part of the state.
Mission-driven: Anu Family Services
“We create permanent connections
to loving and stable families.”
We are passionate about the idea that everyone deserves a permanent family and a place to call “home”.
Operations: Anu Family Services
Main offices in Hudson, Madison and Eau Claire.
Services include a continuum of care including:
Family Reunification/Family Search and Engagement
Treatment Foster Care to children ages 0-18 yrs
Adult Treatment Homes
DeafBlind and Medically Fragile Services
Approximately 8-10 program areas
Scope: Anu Family Services
Serving 45 Counties and 5 Tribes annually
Providing service to 170-250 children annually
$4-5 million annual operating budget
Ranging from 25-50 employees
National & State Leadership in TFC
Council On Accreditation (COA) accredited since opening in 1992. (National gold standard in care for child welfare agencies)
History as founding agency of national Foster Family-Based Treatment Association (FFTA); including initial co-authorship of FFTA (now also COA) standards for Treatment Foster Care.
A founding member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the FFTA and the Western Region TFC Collaborative.
Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
Wisconsin Association of Family & Children’s Agencies (WAFCA)
United Way Agency
II. Brief Framework
For Treatment Foster Care
“Treatment” Foster Care vs. “Regular” Foster Care
“Regular” Foster Care (HFS 56):
24-hour care provided by licensed foster parents
Intended for children who cannot live with their parents.
County human service agencies license and oversee these placements.
Treatment Foster Care (HFS 38):
Same as “regular” foster care and
Children have complex and/or severe mental health, chemical addiction, behavioral, emotional, medical or physical needs requiring specialized care and training from both the Treatment Foster Parents and the Treatment Social Workers.
County human services typically contract with private agencies to provide this level of foster care; although some counties license their own treatment homes.
Treatment Foster Care (TFC)
There is not “one” universally used or agreed upon model of Treatment Foster Care in Wisconsin, or across the United States.
Many states call TFC “Specialized” Foster Care or other related names.
Makes comparing “apples to apples” challenging.
Common elements among TFC programs include:
Children with higher levels of need/severity
Need for specially trained foster parents and social workers
Use of treatment through therapy, day treatment, etc.
Lower social worker caseloads and more frequent child and family visits than in “regular” foster care.
Common elements of excellence inTFC programs include:
Use of research-informed and promising practices and clinical interventions.
Use of standardized assessment instruments to inform treatment planning.
Measurements of outcomes tied to a continuous quality improvement process.
National Accreditation and adherence to FFTA program standards.
III. State and National perspective
on TFC outcomes and research
Treatment Foster Care Model and History
Anu has roots as an early founder of the Treatment Foster Care model in the United States (and internationally) dating back to the early 1970’s.
Until about a decade ago:
There were no benchmarks established in TFC
There was no multi-agency, multi-state comparison of treatment foster care outcomes
National comparison studies ofTFC benchmarks and outcomes
Anu’s roots are as a co-founding agency member of the following national TFC outcomes and benchmarks projects: