Introducing the New FFTA
In 1988, the Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA) was founded to develop, promote and support treatment foster care.
Our impact today
• Over the years, we’ve grown to become the only national, nonprofit association representing treatment foster care programs across North America.
• We have 470 member agencies located in nearly every U.S. state and Canadian province.
• FFTA member agencies provide treatment foster care services to more than 50,000 children and youth each year.
Why change now?
• The needs of children, youth and families, in general, are changing. In response, FFTA and its member agencies are evolving to provide more services across the child welfare continuum. Because of this change, FFTA will expand its focus beyond treatment foster care.
• To remain relevant and a major resource to our member agencies, FFTA must continue to grow and evolve with the field.
• FFTA and our membership are moving from exclusively addressing the treatment needs of children in foster families, to addressing the treatment needs of children and youth in all families. While many of our members began as stand-alone treatment foster care agencies, most are now providing a vast array or child welfare and mental health services. In fact, our members are providing these services to more than 600,000 children and youth each year.
• Through our work with an Annie E. Casey Foundation grant, FFTA is now promoting ways in which the family-based treatment modality can be applied in other family-based settings. In addition to kinship care, FFTA and its member agencies now focus on intensive family preservation, family reunification, adoption and other permanent, stable family living arrangements for children and youth.
• Proposed Federal legislation, such as the Families First Prevention Services Act of 2016, dovetails with our decision to evolve and rebrand.
How will FFTA change?
• The original name, Foster Family-based Treatment Association, becomes “Family Focused Treatment Association.”
• We keep the acronym we are known for, FFTA, and demonstrate that our movement has progressed to being a resource to agencies supporting family-based treatment for children and youth, whether that family is a kin family, a foster family, a bio family or an adoptive family.
• Treatment Foster Care remains at the heart of our work, but is part of a wider array of services offered by FFTA and its member agencies.
• Our central goal doesn’t change – we are focused on meeting the treatment needs of each child.
• Our mission doesn’t change – we strengthen agencies that support families caring for vulnerable children.
• Over the next few years FFTA will develop resources for its current members that will help them serve children and youth with treatment needs in family settings in addition to foster care.
• These resources will also attract to FFTA other organizations that are supporting children and youth with treatment needs in non-foster care families.
• These new, complementary organizations will contribute to FFTA’s growth and collective experience. This will make FFTA and its members stronger advocates for vulnerable children and youth and increase our impact on helping them succeed in family settings.