Strengthening Families Program to Begin in January

We are very excited to roll out our first Strengthening Families program!

The first session will begin January 22, 2018 at the ACATEC. SFP is one of EHS’s comprehensive programs and the SFP team is asking for help with childcare from all agency departments willing to assist. A meal will be served at the beginning of each session, we will offer breakout classes for parents and children ages 3-5, and childcare for siblings. There will be incentives and one gift basket raffled to a family at the end of every evening. The session will be held from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and general population families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills.

The original 14-session evidence-based SFP for high-risk families with children ages 6 to 11 years (SFP6-11) was developed and tested in the mid 1980s by Dr. Karol L. Kumpfer on a NIDA research grant with children of substance-abusing parents. Subsequent randomized control trials (RCTs) have found similar positive results with families in many different ethnic groups. Both culturally adapted versions and the core version of SFP have been found effective with African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, and First Nations families. SFP is in 36 countries. (

SFP Flyer

SFP Flyer (spanish)

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