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FAST’s Foundation of Strong Evidence

A solid foundation of evidenced-based practices makes up the core of the FAST Program. For 30 years, FAST has utilized evidence-based practices to transform families, schools and communities through parent engagement and family strengthening. According to the U.S. Department of…


The Power of FAST: An Overview

Families & Schools Together believes in a world where in every community, every child thrives. The FAST Program was founded in 1988 by Dr. Lynn McDonald, Emeritus Researcher and Professor of Social Work, to support the family bonding necessary for…


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),…


The Power of Social Capital to Reduce Disparities

The Kids Count (2016) and Race for Results (2017) reports by the Annie E. Casey Foundation identified disparities in overall child well-being across America. The local and national trends made visible through these reports highlight stark racial and socio-economic gaps,…


FAST® Reduces Violence in Central Asian Countries

FAST® was implemented in five developing Asian countries in an effort to reduce family violence and prevent child misconduct. Funded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the FAST program became an integral component to a 2014…


Celebrate FAST’s 30th Anniversary!

For 30 years, the FAST program has served as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of thousands of children and families across culture, languages, and socio-economic classes in the U.S. and in countries around the world. In 1988,…