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Evidence Based Results

FCT is an evidence-based family preservation model of home based treatment owned by a private non-profit incorporated organization devoted to the preservation of families through research, training, and development.

As small companies without hospital or university affiliation, FCT Foundation (owner of the model) and IFCS (original developer) have brought about an unlikely achievement. FCT Foundation's model of intensive home based family preservation practice; Family Centered Treatment® (FCT), has been identified by major and nationally recognized bodies as evidence based. In addition, since the 1988 inception and throughout the development of FCT, the model has adhered to the Family Preservation - Intensive in-home best practice components (Definition of Home Based Family Centered Treatment - Stroul, 1988.)

Cited References 

Aponte, H. Bread and Spirit: therapy with the new poor, diversity of race, culture and values. W.W. Norton and Company, New York. 1994.

Berry, M. The Family at Risk: Issues and trends in Family Preservation Services. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC. 1997.

Bright, C. L., Betsinger, S., Farrell, J., Winters, A., Dutrow, D., Lee, B. R., & Afkinich, J. (2015). Youth Outcomes Following Family Centered Treatment® in Maryland. Baltimore, MD: University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Bronfenbrenner, U. Ecology of the family as a context for human development. Developmental Psychology 22:723-42, 1986.

Bronfenbrenner, U. Interacting systems in human development: Research paradigms: Present and future. In N. Bolger; A. Caspi; G. Downey; and M. Moorehouse (eds.), Persons in Context: Developmental Processes. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 25-49, 1988.

Research and Publications

1.  Family Centered Treatment®—An Alternative to Residential Placements for Adjudicated Youth: Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness  Journal of Juvenile Justice Volume 2, Issue 1 ePub

2. A Quasi-experimental Evaluation of Family Centered Treatment® in the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services Community Based Non-residential Program:  A Report to Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and Institute for Family Centered Services-Revised June 2011

3. FCT Definitive Report

4.  Juvenile Justice News-Issue June 2006

5.  FCT Code of Ethics  

6. FCT Brief Description

7. Summary of Youth Outcomes Following Family Centered Treatment® in Maryland, Prepared by the University of Maryland School of Social Work, August 2015