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The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services

Together, the Community Guide and the Clinical Guide provide evidence-based recommendations across the prevention spectrum.


Violence Prevention: Therapeutic Foster Care

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In therapeutic foster care programs, youth who cannot live at home because of behavioral or emotional problems are placed with foster parents who are specially trained to provide a structured environment for learning social and emotional skills. Program components include close monitoring of the child’s activities and support to foster parents and others who are involved in the child’s life.

Task Force Recommendations and Findings

This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review.

Intervention Task Force Finding
Therapeutic Foster Care to Reduce Violence
For Chronically Delinquent Juveniles Recommended
June 2002
For Children with Severe Emotional Disturbance Insufficient Evidence
June 2002

Presentations and Promotional Materials


Using Evidence for Public Health Decision Making: Violence Prevention Focused on Children and Youth Adobe PDF File [PDF - 466 kB] Developed by The Community Guide


The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Violence Prevention: therapeutic foster care. Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.