Youth who are tried as adults for crimes committed while they were under age 19 face the very real threat of being sentenced to adult prison with adult convictions that impact their future opportunities. The Foundling’s Families Rising program is one of very few programs that targets this high-risk population and provides them with evidence-based Functional Family Therapy (FFT) as an alternative to incarceration.
Families Rising works to reduce family conflict, substance abuse, recidivism, and violent behavior in the long term. In addition to its historically high rates of treatment completion, the program has demonstrated a significant impact on helping participants with viable alternatives that avoid incarceration and a criminal record, leading them to stay in school and avoid re-arrest. The program is also estimated to save taxpayers millions of dollars each year in incarceration costs.