HOLMES, L. and WESTLAKE, D., 2008. Comparing costs of multidimensional treatment foster care with those of other placements. Paper presented at Care Matters : Transforming Lives – Improving Outcomes Conference (incorporating the 8th International Looking After Children Conference), 7-9 July 2008, Keble College Oxford UK.
Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) is a specialist model of foster care
developed by Oregon Social Learning Center, USA. It is designed to provide a
therapeutic environment that aims to address the needs of young people with
emotional and behavioural difficulties.
After positive evaluations in the USA, which suggest that such a structured approach
may produce better outcomes, twenty-one local authorities in England and Wales
have implemented MTFC as part of a pilot of the programme.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned this study
after concerns about the costs of MTFC have raised questions about the long-term
sustainability of the programme