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Teaching Family Model

Quality Residential Care in Action:
The Teaching Family Model and the Boys Town Family Home Program SM

The Teaching Family Model is based on more than four decades of applied research. During the first two decades it was in use, the majority of this research was completed at the University of Kansas and other Teaching Family Model sites. Since that time, the majority of Teaching Family Model research has been conducted on the Family Home Program at Boys Town.

The Teaching Family Model and the Boys Town Family Home Program provide a comprehensive, multidimensional, manualized approach to residential care that has been replicated nationwide. Both include systems for replication with fidelity, and both have produced positive outcomes for youth in adulthood up to 16 years post-discharge.

An added major benefit of the Teaching Family Model and the Boys Town Family Home Program is that children in care experience these programs as part of a family, much like they would in their own home. Yet these programs can effectively help youth who have failed in numerous less-restrictive placements such as foster care or other group home settings.

The results speak for themselves:

Why Quality Residential Care Is Good for America's At-Risk Kids

Q&A: Ensuring Quality Residential Care for Kids Is a Top Priority at Boys Town

Report: Ensuring Quality Residential Care for Kids Is a Top Priority at Boys Town