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Introducing a NEW foster care program in New York's Capital Region that uses the TFCO (Treatment Foster Care Oregon) Model!

Foster Parents change lives... Both the children's and their own.

What is the TFCO Model?

The Treatment Foster Care Oregon Model (TFCO): Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO) is a short-term treatment program that gives a child the opportunity to grow and learn positive behavior techniques in a home environment instead of a residential facility or group home.  The treatment team, which includes TFCO foster parents, work together to deliver consistent expectations, structure, and guidance as well as patience and kindness. TFCO is evidence-based with proven positive outcomes.  

 

Virtual information sessions are being held on Tuesdays at noon and 6:30 pm.

Together we can help children who need a little extra love and support. This program is available in the Greater Capital Region only.  Please call us today to find out more about this wonderful program. Call Sara at 518-207-6898 or email SaraAllen@berkshirefarm.org.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the goal of this new foster care program?

Reunification. The goal of this program is to reunite children with their families.

 

How long is a child placed in the program?

A child will be placed in the program for approximately 6-12 months.  After which time the child returns to their family.

Are the training requirements the same as traditional foster care?

The training curriculum is the same as traditional foster care with an additional 2-day training specific to the TFCO model.  

 

How are foster parents financially supported in this program?

Unlike traditional foster care, foster parents in this program receive a higher daily rate of $121.

Can I have other children in my home? 

Yes, however, foster parents utilizing the TFCO model can only have one foster child at a time.

 

Will the foster parents have interaction with the child's birth family? 

Most of the communication with birth families filters through the Team Leader.   

How much staff support is available to me?

A lot! You will get to know our team very well. This is a small team which means tons of support.  Staff check in daily (M-F) and are available 24/7 via phone and/or in person. Foster parents meet with the Team Leader in person weekly to discuss the treatment plan, gain support from other families, and receive additional training. 

What is the difference between the TFCO model and traditional foster care? In addition to those listed above:

  • Children in this program require additional care and attention as compared to children in traditional foster care.  

  • The premise of this model is to catch them being good; reinforcing positive behavior since we know that what you pay attention to grows.

  • Behaviors are reinforced utilizing sticker charts to monitor behavior along with rewards

Here are the top 4 reasons children are placed into care:

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Steps to becoming a foster parent: An overview

Speak to a Homefinder in your area

Meet us for an orientation

Complete a foster parent application

Attend our MAPP training class

Complete the certification process

Get ready for your first placement

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Partners in Parenting:

Beth & Steve

"We met Steve and his children during a time of family crisis. Knowing the struggles and challenges Steve had to overcome, it was wonderful to see him and foster mom, Beth, work as a team to achieve the best outcome for Maya, Krystal, and Leo.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Most adults over the age of 21 qualify to foster. Which means you probably will too! View our book of the top 10 most commonly asked questions- the answers may surprise you. 

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Meet Magan

Children who are placed in foster care are just ordinary kids who have been through some extraordinary challenges. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, it's best to hear directly from young people who have been there.

Click on the video to the left to hear Magan's story

Check out our blog to hear what it's like to be a foster parent from Berkshire foster parents.

Babysitting

Ready to take the next step?

Click the link below to complete our Foster Parent Inquiry Form. A member of our foster care team will contact you to discuss the process of changing the life of a child by becoming a foster parent!

Listen to our iHeart Radio 'Ask the Expert" series where you will hear from Berkshire staff and Berkshire Foster Parents

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