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Shared Family Care (SFC)

Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Shared Family Care (SFC) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Reunification Programs, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Families with an infant or young child in the child welfare system who are at risk of having their children removed or who are in the process of reunifying with them; particularly parents who may have just completed a residential alcohol or drug treatment program, are actively participating in an outpatient program, or have a high risk of substance abuse relapse, as well as a potential for homelessness and child removal

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 5

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 5

Brief Description

SFC is an innovative approach to helping families achieve permanency for their children and move toward self-sufficiency. Unlike traditional child welfare services, SFC involves the placement of a parent (usually the mother) and at least one young child in the homes of community members who mentor the families and help them to obtain the skills and resources they need to achieve these goals. The families are given comprehensive services to meet their needs and increase their social and life skills, as well as connect them to community supports for ongoing/future relationships.

Program Goals:

The overall goal of Shared Family Care (SFC) is:

  • Protect children by offering services to parents and children together in a safe and supportive family setting that helps either to preserve families or to facilitate the transition to other permanent arrangements

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Essential Components, Published Relevant Peer-Reviewed Research, Education and Training Resources, etc.

Contact Information

Name: Antoinette Harris
Agency/Affiliation: Families First, Inc.
Website: www.familiesfirstinc.org
Phone: (925) 602-1750
Fax: (925) 602-1754

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2006

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: July 2006