Evaluation of School-Based Child and Family Support Teams Initiative (100 Schools Project)

This project evaluated the School Based Child and Family Support Team (CFST) Initiative, which provides appropriate family-centered, strengths-based community services and supports to those children at risk of school failure or out-of-home placements as a result of physical, social, legal, emotional or developmental factors that affect their academic performance. Early results indicated that the CFST program was working with high-risk families through family group conferencing. Linking records across agencies (education, juvenile justice and social services) showed that many of the youth had histories of arrest and investigation for child maltreatment. Program participants, including school personnel (nurses and social workers, principals and local education agency coordinators), as well as parents and students, were highly satisfied with the program. Academic outcome measures were assessed.

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