Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC) is a family-focused program that aims to increase parenting skills and family-relationship skills to build the resiliency of youths aged 9 to 17 years, and to reduce the frequency of their alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. CLFC is designed to be implemented through community systems such as churches, schools, recreation centers, and court-referred settings.
The six modules of the CLFC curriculum are administered to parents/guardians and youths in 18 to 20 weekly training sessions. The youths’ sessions last 1 to 1.5 hours and the parents’ sessions last 1.5 to 2.5 hours. The curriculum focuses on 1) imparting knowledge about AOD use, including tobacco; 2) improving communication and conflict resolution skills; 3) building coping mechanisms to resist negative social influences; 4) encouraging the use of community services when personal or family problems arise; 5) engendering self-knowledge, personal responsibility, and respect for others; and 6) delaying the onset and reducing the frequency of AOD use among participating parents and youths. The program supports problem identification and referrals to other community services for participants, when necessary.
Creating Lasting Connections, which served as the basis for CLFC, was first implemented and evaluated in church and school communities with the families of high-risk, 11- to 14-year-old youths.