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March 2009Vol. 10, No. 2Evidence-Based Practice in Treatment Foster Care

Evidence-based practice in treatment foster care (TFC) is the subject of two new publications released by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. The first, Involving Foster Parents in Permanency Planning for Adolescents in Treatment Foster Care: Evidence-Based Practices, examines such practices as mentoring, visitation, and wraparound services. The report is based on a comprehensive review of empirical literature by authors Kristine Piescher, Katy Armendariz, and Traci LaLiberte and is available online:

Another recent publication, Evidence-Based Practice in Foster Parent Training and Support: Implications for Treatment Foster Care Providers, examines evidence-based practice in foster parent training and support. The authors present a comprehensive review of empirical literature and use the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse rating scales to rate models of foster parent training and foster parent support. The report includes the key findings from the literature review and discusses potential practice implications for treatment foster care agencies interested in implementing research-based practices of foster parent training and support. This report, by Kristine Piescher, Melissa Schmidt, and Traci LaLiberte, is also available online:

Both reports were developed under the auspices of Federal title IV-E funding, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, and the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association (FFTA), as part of the Technical Assistance to FFTA Project.