Charlotte, NC (March 7, 2019) – The Family Centered Treatment Foundation (FCTF) has announced it has received a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) award sponsored by the National Child Trauma Stress Network (NCTSN). The award valued at $1.9m over five years will fund trauma treatment training and trauma research & evaluation with the Family Centered Treatment® (FCT) in-home family therapy model. FCTF joins a national network of over 200 child trauma centers that address a wide range of traumatic experiences.

The primary purpose of the Family Centered Treatment Trauma Series Project is to enhance evidenced-based family-systems trauma treatment and increase access to high-quality trauma treatment services across diverse geographic regions in the US. The Family Centered Treatment Foundation, a purveyor of the evidence-based FCT model, expects to use this award to:

  • expand the trauma treatment components of its existing FCT model,
  • increase the number of licensed agencies implementing FCT with the intent to improve outcomes for families who have experienced complex trauma,
  • enable thousands of youth and families experiencing trauma to obtain evidence-based family-systems treatment, and
  • collaborate nationally with other providers of trauma treatment.

“Our team is thrilled to be selected for this important national initiative. We are excited to enhance our capabilities in providing researched practices to human services organizations across the country serving thousands of families in need,” said Tim Wood, Family Centered Treatment Foundation Executive Director.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS).

“We in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network are thrilled to have the Family Centered Treatment Foundation join our network!  We appreciate the expertise FCTF brings as well as their willingness to collaborate with the other network centers on behalf of children and families experiencing trauma and traumatic stress,” said Chris Foreman National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Liaison.

About The Family Centered Treatment Foundation

The Family Centered Treatment Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving over 60 sites across 12 states. FCTF provides licensing, training, and oversight of the Family Centered Treatment model to human service organizations.

Established in 1992 under the original name FamiliFirst, Inc., FCTF has been integral in providing best practice and evidence-based services that have positively impacted the lives of over 30,000 families! It is the mission of FCTF to enhance the capability of agencies, communities and state systems of care in the implementation of proven evidence-based programs to better address the needs of families in crisis.

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Janet Fuller-Holden, Operations Director, Family Centered Treatment Foundation at 757-572-0622 or

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