Functional Family Therapy through Child Welfare (FFT-CW) is an evidence-based adaptation of Functional Family Therapy (FFT) that was designed to provide services to youth (0-18 years old) and families in child welfare settings. Services are provided through two tracks based on initial level of risk:
– Low Risk (LR) track: Interventions are provided by case manager level providers and involve engaging and linking to community services.
– High Risk (HR) track: Services are provided by therapists directly to family members.

Sites can implement either or both tracks depending on need and relevant risk factors. Services last approximately 5 to 7 months, and location of services is flexible with most being offered in homes.

Reduce/eliminate within family violence, child abuse, harsh/punitive discipline practices, and family conflict; Prevent youth/family member outplacement; Prevent intensification/escalation of services; Improve parenting practices; Improve family communication; Develop specific skills to address risk/protective factors that are associated with abuse/neglect, such as (but not limited to) emotion regulation, coping, anger management, problem-solving, and decision-making.