Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care®
Known as SITFC® and the SI Model®
Ever in pursuit of the best care for those we serve, The Bair Foundation has worked diligently to develop a comprehensive treatment model known as Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care®, also known in Pennsylvania as the SI Model®, which is made up of the following components:
|A. Preparation for Placement
B. Effective Service Planning
C. No Moves
|D. Developing Competencies
E. Seeing the Opportunity in Crisis
Incorporating Together Facing the Challenge as one of its six components, SITFC® and the SI Model® provide evidence-based practices to our foster children in care. In addition to this evidence-based practice, foster parents receive the trauma curriculum developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Caring for Children Who have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents. "Evidence-based" means research has provided evidence that treatments for specific problems are effective.
The Together Facing the Challenge curriculum was developed by Duke University Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science's Services Effectiveness Research Program. This curriculum was used at several Therapeutic Foster Care Agencies in North Carolina, and when compared to agencies not using it, the following results were observed:
Guided by these core principles, we are better able to impact those factors related to achieving positive outcomes for children in treatment foster care:
1. The Foster Parent is the principle agent of change in a child's life.
2. Strong relationships are extremely important for successful outcomes and are built through solid commitment in the face of extraordinary challenges (family to child, agency to family).
3. Foster parents and staff must be trained so they are prepared to work effectively with children who have been exposed to trauma. (This is accomplished through comprehensive, competency training and accountability.) Proper preparation prevents poor performance.
4. All behavior has purpose; looking behind behavior to identify that purpose offers an excellent chance to facilitate change through addressing the root cause.
5. Children who are more resilient have the ability to not only survive, but to thrive when faced with adversity.
These 6 components of the SITFC ® and SI Model® clearly articulate The Bair Foundation's standard for foster care. Building on the strengths of our families and staff we have created a trauma informed, evidence-based framework for working within the context of foster care. Providing structured interventions from the moment the referral is made and continuing through the entire length of placement will positively impact the child's ability to enhance their skills and improve their interactions with others. Problem behaviors will decrease and positive behaviors will increase, changing their future outlook and providing them with the resilience to cope with the struggles of daily life as they move toward independence.
Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care®, SITFC® and SI Model® are registered trademarks of The Bair Foundation Child & Family Ministries.