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Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC)

Oregon Social Learning Center
160 East Fourth Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Contact Information
Patricia Chamberlain

Program Specifications



Age/Grade Level:

Middle School, High School





Target Settings:

Rural, Urban, Suburban, Inner City

Target Groups:


Other Participation Criteria:



Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) is a cost effective alternative to group or residential treatment, incarceration, and hospitalization for adolescents who have problems with chronic antisocial behavior, emotional disturbance, and delinquency. MFTC is based on the Social Learning Theory model. Community families are recruited, trained, and closely supervised to provide MTFC-placed adolescents with treatment and intensive supervision at home, in school, and in the community; clear and consistent limits with follow through on consequences; positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior; a relationship with a mentoring adult; and separation from delinquent peers.

Program Descriptors Include:

Bullying/Violence, Community Collaboration, Family/Parental Involvement, Mentoring/Tutoring, Life Skills Training

Program Rating:

Moderate Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:

Last Verified:

March 19th, 2009

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Misbehavior

Community Factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Clear social norms


  • Social competencies

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is or per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Counselors, Social Workers, Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting/Partner Organizations:

Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
Evaluation results showed that MTFC was not only feasible but also, compared with alternative residential treatment models, cost-effective and led to better outcomes for children and families. One clinical trial of MFTC that included several follow-ups over a two-year period, demonstrated that program youth compared to control group youth: spent fewer days incarcerated at 12-month follow-up, had significantly fewer subsequent arrests, and had significantly less hard drug use in the follow-up period.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: