Strengthening, Teaching, and Educating People through Support (STEPS)
Many families experience risk factors that could result in foster care placement – including domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health concerns. In keeping with our commitment to treatment strategies that have proven results, our Strengthening, Teaching, and Educating People Through Support (STEPS) program utilizes the evidence-based Functional Family Therapy (FFT) model to help families get motivated, understand their risks, and improve family stability.
STEPS is one of The Foundling’s largest foster care prevention programs, working to reduce and eliminate factors that lead to children being placed in foster care–helping families stay stronger together. STEPS uses research-backed techniques and evidence-based models to engage and motivate youth and their families, helping them to recognize that solutions and changes are possible. Participants in STEPS are referred to The Foundling by the Administration of Children’s Services, other nonprofit organizations, and the community. The program operates in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, and serves children from ages 11-18 and their families.