Strengthening Families Program

SFP, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, families, children

Skills for all families

Kansas’ Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is the first research-based parenting program designed specifically for families where the parents have problems with alcohol and drugs.   SFP seeks to keep families together and reunify families whose children have been placed out of home.  SFP teaches parents and children how to deal with these problems so that parents can keep their children safe.

SFP has three skills training courses:

Parenting, Children’s Life Skills and Family Skills.

A typical SFP class meeting includes a family-style meal, followed by two hours of a group meeting and are hosted by SFP trained staff.  Sessions include up to ten families and sessions meet once a week for fourteen weeks with childcare provided at no cost.  Participation in SFP is voluntary.

Parents who complete the SFP experience have better parenting skills, better marital communication, less family conflict, less stress, depression and substance abuse.  Children who have gone through SFP with their family have better social skills, better cooperation, better school performance, less depression, misconduct and agression as well as less tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse.  SFP helps build better family cohesion and improves family planning and organization.

Families Eligible to Participate

Families that are selected to participate in SFP must:

  • receive services through child welfare contracts
  • have a child at risk for out of home placement, experience reduced parenting ability or have a child placed out of home
  • have drug or alcohol abuse as a factor in the family
  • have a child between the ages of 6 -11 who will participate in the program on a regular basis (more than one child per family can participate)
  • be willing to participate in child, parent, and family skill-building exercises
  • be committed to attending all fourteen weeks of the SFP program.

For more information about the Strengthing Families Program in your community, please contact Joy McKee at (785) 749-2664, ext. 1265.

SFP has been given ‘exemplary’ designation, as well as ‘model program’ status by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. TFI Family Services, Inc. is a partner organization in the Kansas Serves Substance Affected Families (KSSAF) initiative funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families and contracted to TFI through the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF).

DCF receives about $500,000 annually from HHS for a five year time period and utilizes these fund to contract with TFI to implement the project. The University of Kansas collects data and provides research and project evaluation.