FAM TEAM

FAM Partners

FAM brings together local, community-based organizations with deep expertise in serving this population.  In addition, FAM builds on promising practices from models around the country and has been informed by local youth, caregivers, providers, and policymakers, to ensure it meets San Francisco’s particular needs.

FAM is overseen by Freedom Forward, with core services provided by Family Builders, Huckleberry Youth Programs, and WestCoast Children’s Clinic.

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Funding is provided through the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women (DOSW), with the goal of developing a replicable model and set of lessons learned that can benefit the state of California.

FAM is a component of San Francisco Safety, Opportunity, and Lifelong Relationships (SF SOL), a new continuum of care for youth at risk of commercial sexual exploitation.

Evaluation

The UC Berkeley Human Rights Center (HRC) is evaluating FAM.

This independent, rigorous evaluation uses a longitudinal, mixed-method design to evaluate our model and make recommendations for replication. (Participation in the evaluation is compensated and optional for youth and caregivers in FAM.)

Advisory Boards

FAM has two advisory boards: Youth and Caregivers.  Each board includes paid representatives who have been directly impacted by the foster care system (either as a youth, resource parent, or both!) and who bring a wealth of insight and experience.  Both boards were initially developed and led by Janay Eustace, Executive Director of California Youth Connection (CYC).

Our Advisory Boards meet regularly to advise on FAM design and implementation, and offer input on the refinement of our model, core policies, and evaluation methods.  If you are interested in joining either Advisory Board, please email our FAM Director, Camille: camille@freedom-forward.org.