Project Directors: Jerry Rea, Ph.D. Kathleen Hine, Ph.D.
The project is funded by Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
Project Staff: Peggy Gentry, B.A. and Suzanne King, M.A.
The Family Care Treatment project received extended funding through September 2012.
Children and adolescents in rural settings have behavioral needs similar to those living in urban areas, but often less access to services. The nature of a dispersed population makes factors such as transportation and the availability of trained personnel barriers to the needed services. Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) is an especially effective example of an evidence-based, community-integrated service delivery option that advances positive child outcomes. For many rural settings the principles of MTFC such as, consistently applied contingencies and parent-as-interventionist are applicable. We propose the ongoing delivery of caregiver training and support for families with children and youth with challenging behavior. These outcomes include enhancing the stability of residential placement for children and youth, increasing pro-social child behavior and use of the least restrictive strategies and settings.