Lifelong Family Connections for Adolescents (LFC)

Note: The LFC program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Not Specified

Program Overview

LFC aims to prevent youth from aging out of the foster care system without a significant connection in their life. LFC’s collaborates with all parties involved and is a youth-driven process. Training, support and ongoing supervision are provided regularly for all professionals and collaterals. LFC uses seven approaches to assist in developing lifelong relationships for adolescents in the foster care system. As stated on their website: “All components are youth-driven, strengths-based and culturally competent." These include the following:

  • Community of Care Review - Identifies, locates and explores all potential individuals willing and able to make a commitment to a lifelong connection with a teen.
  • Specialized Adolescent Recruitment - Develops potential permanent placement and/or lifelong family ties for youth who do not have permanent connections within their own Community of Care network.
  • Family Consultation Team™ - Youth-centered, family-focused permanency planning team process that includes family members, significant adults and social service providers.
  • Family Bound Training - Provides a group experience that helps prepare adolescents as they work to develop lifelong connections.
  • Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) Training - Adult training to assist in supporting and developing relationships and understanding adolescents’ needs.
  • MFFK Speak Out Team™ - Offers support, training and mentoring opportunities from other youth and young adults who have experienced foster care and/or adoption.
  • Specialized Post-Placement Supports - Ongoing contact to identify community supports, strategize and problem solve relationship issues, and maintain strength-based focus. Adoption Journeys services provided as well.

Education and Training

Education and Training Resources

Publicly available information indicates there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Lifelong Family Connections for Adolescents (LFC).

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Lifelong Family Connections for Adolescents (LFC).

Contact Information

Edwin Gonzalez
Phone: (413) 586-2303

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2012

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012