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Truancy Prevention and Intervention Project

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $591,986)

Children & Families First (CFF) is a not-for-profit social service organization that provides quality social, educational and mental health services throughout the State of Delaware in order to strengthen families and communities. CFF will work in collaboration with four school districts in New Castle County, as well as, the New Castle County Truancy Court to improve school attendance and reduce truancy rates over a three-year period. At least 192 middle school at-risk students will be identified by school personnel to participate in a school-based group. The groups will meet weekly for eight weeks and discuss common adolescent issues such as peer pressure, decision-making and school problems. The overall goal is to improve school attendance rates in New Castle County. Performance measures include: providing case management/counseling for 235 youth and their families; 2460 hours of case management/counseling; reduce by 15% the risks that contribute to truancy for 80% of families who actively participate in the Truancy Project and reduce truancy in 80% of youth who actively participate in the program. CFF has an extensive Continuous Quality Improvement System for the purpose of assessing and improving performance and assuring desired outcomes.

Children and Families First (CFF) will provide a combination of targeted family counseling and case management services through the Truancy Prevention and Intervention Program in Kent and New Castle Counties, Delaware. CFF will begin implementing the evidence-based model Functional Family Therapy as the intervention in 2008. The program will serve approximately 210 youth over two years, with approximately 105 youth and their families served each year. Approximately 75 of these youth will be from Kent County and 30 from New Castle County. The program team will comprise a masters level counselor and a para-professional service specialist, as well as community volunteers, who will work collaboratively with community providers and the families' natural support systems. The families will be referred by the Truancy Courts in the respective counties, Visiting Teachers, 21st Century After School Programs, and school counselors. In New Castle County only, the Wilmington Community Policing Project will provide referrals. Outcome measures will include numbers of youth with improved school attendance, no arrests, improvement on targeted behaviors as assessed through the Functional Family Therapy pre- and post-tests, as well as number of youth and families served and units of service provided. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 21, 2005