May 1, 2017
The CEW-RC’s CIFFTA team has been funded by the Children’s Trust to deliver services to adolescents and families who are failing academically and who are displaying emotional/behavior problems that may impede their success. They have also been contracted to train the counseling staff of two separate agencies who will be working with similar youth. It is the first time the CIFFTA family therapy model is being exported in the local community.
The CIFFTA Adolescent and Family Indicated Prevention Program will work closely with long-time partners such as the Juvenile Services Department, Child Welfare, and Natural Helpers to identify youth showing significant behavioral, mental health, family, and school-related problems. The Together for Children Initiative will also be closely integrated with our work.
CIFFTA was designed for youth ages 11-18, targeting risk and protective factors at the school, neighborhood, and environmental domains, including failing schools, discrimination, acculturation, immigration-related stressors, and disabilities. The project team includes two critically important community partners, the Center for Family and Child Enrichment which serves the Miami Gardens community and ConnectFamilias which services the Little Havana and Allapattah communities. In addition to our own program, the CIFFTA Training Team will also provide training/coaching/supervision to two additional programs funded by the Children’s Trust to implement CIFFTA with Haitian and African American youth and families (Empowering Youth and Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center).