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Strengthening Families Program (CAFS)

(201) 261-2800

Strengthening Families Program (CAFS)

The Strengthening Families Program is a nationally and internationally recognized, evidence-based family strengthening program found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children, and improve social competencies and school performance.

The Strengthening Families Program for parents and youth is delivered over seven or fourteen weeks in parent, youth, and family sessions that are highly interactive. Sessions include role-playing, discussions, learning games, and family projects. Each session meets for two and a half hours and includes the following complimentary supports:

  • Family Dinner
  • Babysitting for Younger Siblings
  • Transportation (if needed)

During the first half of the session, parents and youth meet separately with facilitators to work on specific skills. During the second half, they come back together for fun activities designed to engage the whole family. Families that graduate the program receive a $100 Visa gift card.

Parent Topics

  • Love and Limits
  • Making House Rules
  • Encouraging Good Behavior
  • Using Consequences
  • Building Bridges
  • Protecting Against Substance Abuse
  • Getting Help for Special Family Needs

Youth Topics

  • Love and Limits
  • Having Goals and Dreams
  • Appreciating Parents
  • Dealing with Stress
  • Following Rules
  • Dealing with Peer Pressure
  • Peer Pressures and Good Friends
  • Reaching out to others
Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
Community Services
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Payment Options
  • Free

Last Updated: 05/16/24