First Annual North Carolina FCT Statewide Meeting

We Cordially Invite you to the First Annual North Carolina FCT Statewide Meeting

When: October 8, 2019

Location: 2670 Durham- Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707- (Hosted by Carolina Outreach)

Time: 10am- 4pm

We're coming together for a purpose!

Please join us for the first statewide FCT meeting!

Our goal is to bring all of our NC organizations together to review statewide outcomes, share both family and organizational success stories, discuss strategies for improvement and provide leadership development training.

CEU's will be available!

North Carolina’s 2018 Juvenile Crime Rate Dips to Lowest Rate Recorded

RALEIGH: North Carolina’s juvenile crime rate fell to its lowest point since the state began recording juvenile crime data – 16.18 complaints per every 1,000 kids – according to the latest report from the Department of Public Safety’s Juvenile Justice section.

“As Attorney General and now as Governor, I’ve seen firsthand the work of law enforcement and Juvenile Justice officials to reduce juvenile crime and promote safer communities. We will continue to work to identify at-risk young people, increase opportunity across our state and build a safer North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper.

“These results speak to the outstanding work of juvenile justice professionals throughout the state, and the strong partnerships we’ve built with law enforcement, community-based programs and organizations,” said William Lassiter, deputy secretary for Juvenile Justice. “With our improved understanding of youth behavior and the underlying issues/factors that may trigger criminal behavior, we’re using a proactive approach to recognize at-risk youth and provide them with help to keep them from entering the juvenile justice system in the first place.”

Data presented in the Juvenile Justice Section’s 2018 Annual Report shows the following trends in the state’s juvenile justice system from 2010-2018:

  • The juvenile crime rate has fallen by 41%, from 27.55 complaints per every 1,000 kids to 16.18 complaints per every 1,000 kids in 2018.

  • The annual number of school-based complaints have dropped 35%, though the percentage of school-based complaints versus non-school-based complaints has held steady, at 44%

  • The number of children admitted to juvenile detention centers has decreased by 62%; and

  • The number of children committed to youth development centers has gone down by 46%.

Additionally, data from 2018 reveals that:

  • Minor offenses, infractions and status offenses accounted for more than 70% of all juvenile complaints in 2018;

  • The top five juvenile offenses in 2018 were simple assault, larceny, disorderly conduct at school, communicating threats and truancy.

  • Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) programs – found in all 100 counties – served more than 21,000 youths in 2018. Nearly 11,000 of those children served (52%) were classified as at-risk, without involvement in the juvenile justice system. The top three service types provided through JCPC programs were restitution/community service, interpersonal skill building and teen court.

Additional information can be found in the Juvenile Justice Section’s 2018 annual report, which can be read HERE.

FCT California Mentor Jeopardy

The California FCT Mentor sites competed in FCT Jeopardy yesterday!

The sites had fun coming up with the correct question/answers such as:

“What are the Areas of Family Functioning”

“What are things you would find on a MIGS map”

“What are reasons families aren’t engaged into services”

Fun was had by all and thank you to all of the leaders, supervisors and clinicians in Californiathat are doing amazing work for children and families!

FCT Foundation Exhibiting at the SAMHSA NCTSN Virtual Conference

Members of the FCT Foundation are participating and exhibiting at the SAMHSA NCTSN virtual conference.

The conference will help new and veteran grantee sites become further acquainted with other grantee sites across the Network, and support all network members to be successful in their efforts to disseminate, implement, and sustain evidence-based treatments, promising practices, and systems change within organizations that serve children and families who have experienced trauma. The conference will highlight effective interventions, as well as other useful tools and resources developed by the NCTSN, including successful methodologies for disseminating and implementing them.

More info found at

Family Centered Treatment Foundation Awarded $1.9m SAMHSA-National Child Trauma Stress Network Grant

Charlotte, NC (March 7, 2019) – The Family Centered Treatment Foundation (FCTF) has announced it has received a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) award sponsored by the National Child Trauma Stress Network (NCTSN). The award valued at $1.9m over five years will fund trauma treatment training and trauma research & evaluation with the Family Centered Treatment® (FCT) in-home family therapy model. FCTF joins a national network of over 200 child trauma centers that address a wide range of traumatic experiences.

The primary purpose of the Family Centered Treatment Trauma Series Project is to enhance evidenced-based family-systems trauma treatment and increase access to high-quality trauma treatment services across diverse geographic regions in the US. The Family Centered Treatment Foundation, a purveyor of the evidence-based FCT model, expects to use this award to:

  • expand the trauma treatment components of its existing FCT model,

  • increase the number of licensed agencies implementing FCT with the intent to improve outcomes for families who have experienced complex trauma,

  • enable thousands of youth and families experiencing trauma to obtain evidence-based family-systems treatment, and

  • collaborate nationally with other providers of trauma treatment.

“Our team is thrilled to be selected for this important national initiative. We are excited to enhance our capabilities in providing researched practices to human services organizations across the country serving thousands of families in need,” said Tim Wood, Family Centered Treatment Foundation Executive Director.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS).

“We in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network are thrilled to have the Family Centered Treatment Foundation join our network!  We appreciate the expertise FCTF brings as well as their willingness to collaborate with the other network centers on behalf of children and families experiencing trauma and traumatic stress,” said Chris Foreman National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Liaison.

About The Family Centered Treatment Foundation

The Family Centered Treatment Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving over 60 sites across 12 states. FCTF provides licensing, training, and oversight of the Family Centered Treatment model to human service organizations.

Established in 1992 under the original name FamiliFirst, Inc., FCTF has been integral in providing best practice and evidence-based services that have positively impacted the lives of over 30,000 families! It is the mission of FCTF to enhance the capability of agencies, communities and state systems of care in the implementation of proven evidence-based programs to better address the needs of families in crisis.

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Janet Fuller-Holden, Operations Director, Family Centered Treatment Foundation at 757-572-0622 or

John Sullivan & Tim Wood Presenting at Annual CWLA Conference

John Sullivan & Tim Wood Presenting at Annual CWLA Conference

The CWLA 2019 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Meeting the Challenge of the Family First Prevention Services Act, will be held April 9 – 13 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the framework of the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare, this conference will highlight successful strategies and practices organizations and communities are using that can be leveraged to meet the challenges and opportunities of the Family First Prevention Services Act and help ensure that children and families flourish.

The FCT Foundation is Growing!

The FCT Foundation is Growing!

It’s an exciting day for the Foundation as we welcome our newest FCT Consultant Shay Cunningham! She comes to us with years of FCT experience, has held various roles and will be such an asset to our team and providers. Welcome aboard Shay!

Welcome to FCT Jefferson County, WI

Welcome to FCT Jefferson County, WI

Please join me in welcoming Jefferson County Human Services Department (in the state of Wisconsin) as the newest organization licensed to provide Family Centered Treatment. Congrats JCHSD!

Bill Painter Presenting at Upcoming FFTA Conference

Congratulations! On behalf of the FFTA Conference Committee and staff, I am pleased to inform you that your proposal to present the workshop Taking trauma treatment out of the office and into the home; Family Centered Trauma Treatment has been approved for the FFTA 33rd Annual Conference: Fulfilling the Promise of Permanency. The conference is scheduled for July 28-31, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, CA.

Proud Moment at SPARC

Proud Moment at SPARC

Proud moment at SPARC. Miriam, an FCT Clinician and a Sergeant in the National Guard nominated Sherrae and her FCT Team for an award as a Patriotic Employer for their support during her deployment in 2018

Shout Out to Lifeline!

The FCT Foundation would like to recognize Lifeline's efforts during the month of November. Lifeline made an extreme jump to 80% of families being provided FCT in the proper Phase of service. This insures families needs are being met. Congratulations Lifeline on your efforts with families.

St. Francis Ministries Awarded RFP in Arkansas

St. Francis Ministries was awarded the contract from The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Procurement (OP)  on behalf of the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to provide intensive home and community-based diversion and reunification services. The goal of the program is to safely reduce the number of children in care by providing intensive, long-term, trauma-informed in-home services aimed at reducing child abuse/neglect, improving family functioning, enhancing parenting skills, addressing mental health and substance abuse issues, reducing child behavior problems, and empowering families to solve future problems independently through us of formal and informal concrete supports. The contract officially started on January 1st.

Dr. John Sullivan and Garry Talbert presenting at the 2018 COJJ Annual Conference

Dr. John Sullivan and Garry Talbert presenting at the 2018 COJJ Annual Conference

John Sullivan and Garry Talbert will be presenting “Implementing Family Centered Treatment Programs: Implementation Science and an Evidence Based Alternative for Diversion or Early Reintegration” at the 2018 COJJ Annual Conference in Baltimore on November 29.

Presentation Abstract:

This workshop will present emerging knowledge from a policy development, organization development and service delivery perspective. There will be a review of projects that demonstrates the effectiveness of this unique organization. The Family Centered Treatment Foundation (FCTF) is one of the few nonprofit organizations offering a comprehensive evidence based model that divert youth from out of home services.  The organization is built as a social entrepreneurship.  All proceeds from its operations are reinvested to improve implementation effectiveness and the overall social good.  The Foundation’s model is also unique in that is an emergent design developed by front line practitioners over the past 25 years.  FCTF has successfully implemented their evidence based practice in diverse environments with a wide range of offenders and their families. These projects have ranged from the local level to multi state initiatives. The workshop will present and discuss their approach to working with families, implementing FCT in organizations and review the outcomes their recent research project with the University of Maryland as well as the most recent research plan with the Duke Endowment.