School-Based Child and Family Teams
From 2006 to 2008, the Center developed and delivered curricula in school-based child and family teams (CFTs), and carried out the evaluation of this training program. Funding support came from the North Carolina State Board of Education and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The project worked with select schools in Alamance-Burlington, Duplin County, Scotland County, and Cherokee County school districts. The Center supported the schools in developing and implementing CFT programs that emphasized the inclusion of children, youth, and their families in planning; fit the local school and community context; and encouraged the participation of community organizations and public agencies. The evaluation examined how to use CFTs in school settings and the outcomes in terms of preventing academic failure and out-of-home placement and addressing a range of special needs related to such matters as disabilities and homelessness.
The Center continued to conduct facilitator forums in person and online through funding from the NC Division of Social Services for a few years, encouraging the participation of school staff involved with CFTs or CFSTs to come and share with others across multiple child and family serving agencies who attend these forums. Forums are not being scheduled at this time; however, the Center continues to offer several in-person and online training options to support facilitators and others involved in CFTs, CFSTs, and family-centered practice.
For further information, please contact the training coordinator Kara Allen-Eckard.