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Strengthening Families 10-14

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A group parenting and youth skills program that aims to promote good parenting skills and positive family relationships; reduce aggressive, hostile behavior, and substance abuse in adolescence; and improve family relationships through weekly parent effectiveness training and child skills-building, followed by a family session.

The primary cost to implement the Strengthening Families 10-14 Program is incurred in the first year and consists of training and curriculum purchase. Since the program is usually implemented by community-based organizations, government and foundation grants present the best sources of start-up funding.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State and local prevention funding from agencies such as education, mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare might offer grants that could support implementation of Strengthening Families.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Entitlements: When implemented by a mental health agency, some direct service hours may be reimbursable by Medicaid, depending upon the state plan. If Strengthening Families were to be implemented by child welfare agency staff, Title IV-E Training Funds might be a source of funding for training.

Discretionary Grants: A variety of federal agencies offer grants that might be used to fund training for facilitators of Strengthening Families. Agencies to consider include SAMSHA, OJJDP and NIH.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundations, particularly those with an interest in building family capacity, should be considered for start-up funding for training and curriculum purchase. The Bill Gates Foundation has funded some organizations in Washington to implement the program.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developers of the Strengthening Families Program to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.