Children Receive Specialized Foster Placement From New Fund

Children in residential care can be placed with foster families who have been specially trained to address their needs.

Myra Payne June 10, 2014
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UK: Children in residential treatment can receive specialized foster placement thanks to The Bridges Social Impact Bond. For the first time, funding is available for children in residential care to be placed into specialized foster care homes. Children in residential care will be placed with foster families that have received specialized training called “multi-dimensional treatment foster care” (MTFC). This training will aid in building the support needed to overcome the complex issues facing these children and their families.

A program like this has been successful in other areas. Participation in the 3-5 month program has increased employment/training in its participants by 96%. There has also been a 90% reduction in legal offenses and drug use.

This program reduces the cost of state care and improves the lives of its young people and families through this specialized foster placement program.


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Myra Payne

Myra Payne found out she was pregnant when she was 22 years old. After the shock wore off (in the parking lot of her doctor's office), adoption was her first thought, and she never looked back. She placed her son in an open adoption in 2006 with the perfect family for him. The way that adoption changed her life ignited a fire for advocacy. She's been privileged to share her story at countless conferences, presentations in schools, and advocacy projects. Myra is a pharmacy tech and lives with her husband in the Salt Lake City area. She loves penguins, convertibles, and naps.

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