Families and Schools Together (FAST)

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Families and Schools Together (FAST) is a multifamily group intervention aimed at reducing anxiety and aggression, while increasing social skills and attention spans, in children 5 to 14 years of age. 

FAST Goals

  1. Enhance family functioning
  2. Prevent the target child from experiencing school failure
  3. Prevent substance abuse by the child and other family members
  4. Reduce the stress that parents and children experience from daily life situations.

Program Components

The three components—parent outreach, multifamily group sessions (8 to 10 weeks), and ongoing monthly reunions (21 months)—support parents as the primary prevention agents for their own children.

Entire families (5 to 25) participate in program activities, designed to build respect for parents, bonds among family members, and bonds between family members and the school.

The program is funded by the City of Albuquerque's Department of Family and Community Services.