Unique software system could revolutionize foster care

TFI Family Services, Inc. (TFI) has built a unique software system which could revolutionize the way foster care programs across the country match children with foster families. The Every Child a Priority (ECAP) system is a web-based decision support tool that assists child welfare staff in locating the best possible family match for a child who is need of foster care placements in a matter of seconds. ECAP generates a prioritized list of placement options based on the child’s behavioral needs and the foster home profile information.

TFI partnered with the University Of Kansas School Of Social Work who conducted research and validation of its ECAP placement matching system. Research demonstrates that under the ECAP system children experience fewer out-of-home moves and shorter length of stays in foster care.

TFI is now in partnership with the Bioscience and Technology Center in Lawrence, Kansas to commercialize and nationally launch ECAP in January 2014. TFI is already in discussions with other child welfare organizations within the United States as well as a public agency in Australia who want to learn more about this new exciting placement system which produces matches which promote safety and overall stability for children.

“We believe TFI’s ECAP is the first validated placement matching system of its kind in the country,” said Michael Patrick, CEO of TFI. “It actually places practical information in the hands of the workers, so they can make timely and appropriate foster homes placement for children.”

– END — ABOUT TFI Family Services, Inc. – TFI Family Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to the strength of family that provides experience, compassion, quality child welfare and community-based services to children and families in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. To learn more, please visit www.tfifamilyservices.org.

TFI is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a Child Placing Agency, License No. 766. TFI is also accredited by Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc.

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