The Positive Family Support program (PFS) is an evidence-based, school intervention with universal, selected, and individualized components that builds positive home-school connections. PFS promotes a school culture that increases family-school engagement and positive working relationships between caregivers and schools. PFS also raises caregivers’ awareness about the school’s expectations for positive student behavior and engages them in promoting these prosocial behaviors. It accomplishes all this by offering schools: 1) evidence-based strategies and materials to engage families successfully, 2) research-based parenting resources to share with families, 3) strategies for offering caregivers specific, sustained feedback about their student’s attendance, behavior, and completion of school tasks, and 4) training in how to work with caregivers in ways that achieve common goals of student success.
PFS is designed to enhance school’s current Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI), by adding a family component at each level of support. Research has shown that outcomes for students improve with caregiver involvement. Caregivers are more likely to support school staff’s efforts when they feel comfortable and welcome in the school, are aware of school expectations, and believe that school staff recognize their student’s strengths.
Evidence for the Efficacy of Positive Family Support
Results from randomized clinical trials show that students who participated in PFS-FCU in middle school had significantly more positive outcomes in late adolescence and early adulthood, compared to those students who had not participated in PFS-FCU. These outcomes included decreased substance use, fewer arrests, less antisocial behavior and bullying at school, and improved grades and attendance.
Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the PFS model, currently disseminated in 42 Oregon middle schools in a study funded by the Institute of Education Science. Schools use the PFS model at the universal, selected, and individual levels to give parents the tools they need to help guide and support their adolescents. This support includes proven strategies to prevent youth problem behavior and substance abuse and to improve academic success.
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Thank you for your inquiry about our REACH Positive Family Support Program The ASU REACH Institute works both locally and globally with community agencies, state and local government, schools, and hospitals to train staff to implement evidence-based programs and practices with the goal of advancing research, education, and the health and well-being of children and families.