On June 14 at 2 p.m. ET the Alliance is holding a webinar on using family intervention to reunify and connect homeless youth with their parents. Family intervention is a strategy used to link unaccompanied runaway and homeless youth, regardless of age, to their family or a caring adult. It provides an avenue for families in crisis to work on core issues that led to a youth leaving the home, identify extended family members who they’d like to be a part of the process, and learn to identify resources that can mitigate future crises.
A number of strategies fall under family intervention, such as family reunification, family connecting, family finding, and even aftercare services. Family intervention should be made available to all unaccompanied runaway or homeless youth, including:
- Youth over the age of 18,
- Youth that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ),
- Youth who access street outreach, basic center, transitional living and other housing programs,
- Youth who are in need of a caring adult in their life, and
- Youth who have the desire to be reunited or connected with their family when it is safe to do so.
There are several evidenced-based family intervention models available for providers looking to implement this strategy. The Support to Reunite, Involve, and Value Each Other (STRIVE) model will specifically be discussed during the webinar. Other models include:
- Strengthening Families Program
- Brief Strategic Family Therapy
- Family Behavior Therapy
- Family Acceptance Project
- Multisystemic Therapy
- Functional Family Therapy
- Family Group Decision Making/Family Group Conferencing
- Intensive Family Preservation Services
To learn more about family intervention, sign up for our webinar on June 14!