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Project CONNECT - Community Networks Negotiating Evaluations and Counseling for Trauma

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)

The Safe Start Promising Approaches Project will develop and support practice enhancements and innovations to prevent and reduce the impact of children's exposure to violence in their homes and communities. The project will help communities implement collaborative and evidence-based practices across the services continuum for children and their families. Exposure to violence includes being a victim of violence or a witness to violence, and encompasses abuse, neglect or child maltreatment, domestic violence, and community violence. This program is authorized by Sections 261 and 262 of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (42 USC 5665-5666).

Project CONNECT aims to strategically enhance Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) for Latino and African/Caribbean child and adolescent victims of various forms of violence. The program will be implemented and evaluated with 100 youth, ages 5-17, and their caregivers. Assessments and AF-CBT will be provided in a safe, engaging, community-based site. The efficacy of adapted AF-CBT will be evaluated through a national collaboration on a randomized trial. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 12, 2010