FAST Fathers Group

Social capital refers to relations of trust, mutual expectations, and shared values embedded in social networks. Social capital provides an avenue for exchange of information and support as it encourages the emergence and enforcement of social norms.

Social Capital can be a significant environmental factor for protecting children and maintaining social harmony. Children from stressed families have a tendency to turn to other insecure peers and even gangs; social capital dries up as trust erodes and people begin to insulate themselves from one another.

FAST® builds social capital by connecting people and building trusting relationships. In this environment, social isolation declines and mutual support within and between families flourishes. From this foundation, shared positive values arise naturally from the community.

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