About FFTA

Our OrganizationThe Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) -- formerly Foster Family-based Treatment Association -- was established in 1988 to develop, promote, and support Treatment Foster Care (TFC). Since that time, FFTA has grown to become the only national, non-profit association that represents treatment foster care programs across North America. FFTA’s more than 450 member agencies are located in nearly every U.S. state and Canadian province and provide treatment foster care services to over 50,000 children and youth each year and a larger array of child welfare and behavioral health services to over 600,000 children and youth.

Our vision is to be the leader in promoting best practices in family focused treatment services.

In carrying out FFTA’s mission to strengthen agencies that provide family focused treatment services the association is guided by the following strategic goals:

  1. Identifying research and promoting best practices in the continuum of family focused treatment services.
  2. Leading the field in best practices of family focused treatment through public policy and legislation.
  3. Building a Learning Community for members to support one another and to promote best practices.

FFTA’s values are based on these beliefs:

  • That the core skills, knowledge and experience we have gained in providing treatment foster care can be successfully adapted in any family setting.
  • That all children and youth need and have a right to a permanent family. 
  • That families should receive the resources and supports necessary to preserve and promote child and family well-being.
  • That children in out of home care with treatment needs can have those needs met by relatives or those with whom they have a family-like relationship, with access to the full array of training, services, and supports available through treatment family care to help them stay safe, achieve permanency, and thrive.
  • In cultural diversity and in the importance of developing competence in addressing issues of diversity.
  • In doing “whatever it takes” to maximize a young person’s opportunity to live successfully in a family and community.
  • In the fundamental importance of the systematic evaluation of services and their effects.

FFTA and its members work with a network of national and state child welfare advocacy organizations, researchers, mental health professionals, child welfare advisers, and policymakers to ensure that vulnerable children and youth receive community-based supports and services that will help them achieve long-term safety, stability, and well-being in permanent homes and with life-long connections. ​

For more information, call (800) 414-3382 or e-mail ffta@ffta.org