- Evaluation Services
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 indicate that the CFST program is 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 have 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, are highly satisfied with the program. Academic outcome measures are currently being assessed.