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“I am overwhelmed with so much joy and hope for our family future and it warms my heart that we have been blessed to have you in our lives”.

The Taylor* family was referred to the Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW®) due to domestic violence and drug use.

Despite these pressing issues and facing homelessness, like many other mothers in a similar situation, the mother avoided involvement of FACS due to her fear of having her three sons taken away and having to return to her home country – New Zealand.

“Understanding their cultural background played a vital role in helping this family”, explained FACS case worker. The family was matched with Jacqui - an FFT-CW® therapist, with Pacific Islander background (Samoan), who effectively engaged with both parents. Jacqui’s understanding of Kelly’s strong ties to her Maori family and her heritage helped to break the barriers and earned the family’s trust.

What differentiates FFT-CW® from other FACS programs is how it engages affected families to create hope for the future with an overall goal of keeping the family together.

*Names changed to protect the privacy of individuals

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