Functional Family Therapy For some families, the teen years bring a tough set of challenges, like serious school problems and truancy, and even interactions with the criminal justice system. In the Integrated Functional Family Therapy program, also known as FFT, trained therapists and case managers work with teens and their families to address these issues and improve their relationships. FFT services are evidence-based, which means that studies have proven them effective in reaching and engaging challenging families with complex problems.

Children & Families First’s FFT program helps families meet basic needs, and also provides ongoing coaching and support so that families can successfully maintain changes over time.

Children & Families First offers FFT services to youth between the ages of 11 and 18 and their families who are struggling with behavioral problems and family conflict. Referrals are accepted from families themselves, as well as schools, community service providers, the courts, and state agencies. Services are provided statewide, and are primarily delivered in the family’s home or other community-based settings. There is no cost to participate.

For more information about FFT, please call 800-734-2388.

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FFT has been designated as a “Blueprint Program,” “Exemplary I Model Program,” “Effective Program,” “Best Practice,” by such sources as the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, The Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Youth Violence (2001)