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FAST Values in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Written by FAST Director of Research & Innovation Dr. Robyn Sperling In this time of great uncertainty, we are all, understandably, stressed and confused. As we navigate our way through a very difficult period, there are many resources we can…


Update from Executive Director Toni Rivera-Joachin on COVID-19

To our FAST community, Families & Schools Together (FAST) is diligently monitoring the rapidly changing conditions of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) from our international office in Madison, WI. We value the health, safety, and well-being of our children,…


A Tradition of FAST Involvement at Focus on Community

Focus on Community in Racine, Wisconsin, is a nonprofit substance abuse prevention agency with a mission “to unite our community in an effort to prevent substance abuse and inspire healthy choices.” Through a variety of research-based and model programs, Focus…


A Glimpse of FAST in Brazil

 The FAST® Program in Tremembé, the first and only city in Brazil to offer FAST, is bringing parents and schools together for the future of the child, according to Cristiana Berthoud, Secretary of Education. “I used to say that…


FAST Welcomes New Executive Director Toni Rivera-Joachin

Families & Schools Together, Inc. is extremely pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Toni Rivera-Joachin. Toni Rivera-Joachin has over twenty-four years of non-profit management experience and expertise working with underserved populations, including children and families, and advocating for social…


The FAST Program’s History of Promoting School Safety

School safety in America is an urgent problem requiring complex solutions. While the FAST® Program cannot solve this issue, FAST is able to promote a safer school environment by collaboratively engaging parents, schools, community agencies and law enforcement– and it…


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),…