For the first time in Australia, Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) – an evidence-based, internationally successful program is providing an alternative to residential care and getting kids with problem behaviours back to a stable, family life.
Foster carers in TFCO are given specialist training and are closely guided and supervised by a professional team as they help a foster child for the six – nine month program.
One such carer shared her journey to becoming a carer to Ethan, and spoke about the professional journey she had as a TFCO Carer.
“I received professional training and was guided by a team of highly qualified specialists before being introduced to Ethan. I felt 100% ready to begin working with him.
The key specialists provided me with on-going support. Our team included Francis, Ethan’s Team Leader, Graham the Schools Specialist, Tom a Child Therapist and Kathy the Skills Coach.
To ensure Ethan was set up for success, at the start of the program a set routine was established with strict supervision. Ethan met regularly with Tom his Child Therapist and the Skills Coach as part of his 9 month program under my care.
Each day, I dropped him off and picked him up as part of his normal school routine. Each weekday morning, the TFCO team called me and for 10 minutes we’d discuss Ethan’s progress and discuss any concerns I may have had.
The TFCO team provided me with weekly support meetings. It was great because I was able to interact with other carers in the program.”