FAST® is an internationally acclaimed parent engagement program that helps children thrive by building stronger relationships at home.

Why is FAST so effective?

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Parent Empowerment

Through experiential learning rather than lecture, FAST teaches parents to become effective family leaders equipped to help their children thrive. On a scale of 1 to 10, FAST parent graduates give the program a 9.4 satisfaction rating.

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Evidence-Based Activities

Each 2.5-hour FAST Program conducted over 8 to 10 weeks systematically incorporates research and evidence-based practices proven to build protective factors, decrease risk factors and increase social capital around children and families.

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Multi-Family Groups

Based on family systems theory and family stress theory, FAST brings families together in dynamic groups to build supportive relationships across domains of family, school and community.

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Recognized by SAMHSA, UNODC, OJJDP

FAST is included in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, and has been recognized as a model program since 2002. The program is also recognized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Learn more

Recent FAST® Updates

Protective Factors of Resilience: A Substance Abuse Prevention Strategy

Among the range of interventions needed to address the opioid and drug abuse crisis, community-based strategies and two-generational, whole-family preventions which build protective factors of resilience are worth investment. Protective factors, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),…

Making the Link with the Strengthening Families Framework

FAST® is recognized by The Center for the Study of Social Policy’s (CSSP) Strengthening Families™ in their Making the Link series. The Strengthening Families framework is a “research-informed approach” that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of children…

At each FAST session, families sit down together to enjoy a Family Meal. For the elementary and middle school levels, children serve their parents which helps reinforce the parent as the head of the family. After winning the Door Prize, that family will host the following week’s meal. Families are empowered through reciprocity – receiving the basket and then giving back to the group. #FASTcommunity #FAST30thAnniversary ...

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