FAF Team Attended NICWA + CWLA Conferences

The FAF Team attended the Native Indian Child Welfare Association’s (NICWA) annual conference in Albuquerque on March 31 – April 3, and the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) conference in Washington, D.C. on April 9-13.

They were great opportunities for our team to strengthening our knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Family First Preservation Services Act.

New FAF Research Article

Targeting services to reduce need after a child abuse investigationExamining complex needs, matched services, and meaningful change.Simon and Brooks. Children and Youth Services Review, Volume 99, April 2019.


FAF Software was used to indicate need in three areas (concrete, clinical, and educational/parenting) and families received an array of services including concrete, educational/parenting, and/or clinical services. Eligible families for the research study had a child five or younger that remained at home after an initial CPS investigation and were at moderate to high risk of future maltreatment.

Background and purpose

Matching needs and services following a child protective services (CPS) investigation is important for families with complex needs (i.e. mental health, substance use, and domestic violence) because several studies indicate that a service match is associated with important child welfare outcomes including decreased substance abuse, lowered rates of maltreatment, and increased family reunification. However, few of these studies have examined whether matching services reduces the different areas of need that service matching targets. In response, this study examined the change in need among families with complex needs that received matched services in a community-based prevention program following an initial CPS investigation.

Research Highlights

  • They examined whether matched services reduced need among families with complex needs after a child abuse investigation
  • Matched services was associated with reduced concrete, educational/parenting, and clinical need
  • Matched concrete services and educational/parenting services was associated with a significant reduction in overall need
  • Matched clinical services was associated with an overall reduction in mental health need but not substance use or domestic violence
  • Matching needs and services can reduce targeted areas of need, overall need, and may reduce multiple areas of need Read more.

Are your goals S.M.A.R.T.?

When it comes to creating any goals and objectives, the S.M.A.R.T. approach is…well, smart. FAF’s family assessment scores are directly linked to family goal setting, and FAF guides the user to make the goals and objectives S.M.A.R.T., ensuring that they conform to the following criteria:

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Peer Recognition

FAF Software has a long history of being a reputable family assessment tool for the family strengthening field, and we’re proud to share its recognition from the these credible entities:


Child Welfare Information Gateway


Office of Child Abuse Prevention CA Department of Social Services as mentioned inVehicles for Change, Volume II. The Evolving Field

Welcome New FAF Clients



Rose Family Creative Empowerment CenterRose Family Creative Empowerment Center is a Sacramento, CA program officially founded in 2013, the Rose Family Creative Empowerment (formerly known as Focus on Family Foundation) has continuously expanded and strengthened its work within the South Sacramento Meadowview neighborhood.
Worth ResolvingWorth Resolving Youth & Family Servicesis a member of
Align Association of Community Services
offering unique and supportive programming to assist children, youth and their families in Calgary, Canada and surrounding areas.
Milestone Family SolutionsMilestone Family Solutions offers various family enrichment programs including group or individualized, tailored family plans in the Las Vegas, NV area.
Enoch Cree NationEnoch Cree Nation is a proud First Nation situated in Treaty No. 6 Territory in central Alberta, Canada, bordering the city of Edmonton’s west side. They offer a variety of family programs, and actively seek to preserve and promote their culture, language, history, and spirituality while advancing their economic, education, health, and social well-being of their people.
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A Few FAF Favorites

THANK YOU SOCIAL WORKERS! Social work is booming worldwide because it’s proven to work. Social work is the fastest-growing profession internationally – and in many countries, statistics point towards its significant further expansion. In the US, for example, despite cuts to public administration by the Trump government, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 16% growth of the profession between 2016 and 2026.Read more.

BREAK THE SILENCE While recently attending the NICWA conference, we learned of this new research. The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, First Nations Repatriation Institute, and the University of Minnesota announced the launch of a study: Child Removal in Native Communities. This is an anonymous survey about American Indian and Alaskan Native experiences and impacts of child removal to #BreakTheSilence and #BeginTheHealing. Learn more.

PROTECTIVE FACTOR PRACTICE VIGNETTES The linked scenarios illustrate how multiple protective factors support and strengthen families who are experiencing stress. These vignettes may be used during training for new family support workers, as a learning tool when working one-on-one with parents, or to stimulate discussion at a parent or community café. #NCAPM2019


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