The Teaching-Family Model is an evidence-based model used throughout the country to help families with children who have special needs learn new skills that will help them lead a productive and satisfying life. It is one of the only childcare models that is well defined and therefore can be effectively replicated. The National Institute of Mental Health provided major grants to fund research in the late 60’s and 70’s; research that helped define the model as we know it today. The model is designed to train and support the Teaching Parents as they spend significant time with the youth and have a major role in the treatment process. The youth’s success begins with the skills they learn living in a family style group home.
Implementation of the Teaching-Family Model is a long-term investment that helps to assure the sustainability of the treatment program. Fidelity is assured when the agency implements the training, consultation, evaluation and administrative systems to create a comprehensive application of the model. The model has been successfully implemented in multiple program settings including group homes, foster care, home-based services, alternative schools, detention facilities, and psychiatric hospitals. In each of these replication areas, the program technology has been adapted to the new setting to assure individualized, strengths-based treatment.