What is FAST?
FAST is a family-strengthening program working with families and communities. Families partner with a local team, schools and community agencies so that children can grow up to succeed. Success is achieved through strengthening relationships between parents and children; between families; and with families, schools, and other community agencies.
3 Models: Baby, Kids, and Teen
Over 500 Australian families have completed the pre- and post-evaluation of FAST. In 2016, the experiences of 31 families in four states were evaluated.
The Families and Schools Together (FAST) program has operated in various countries around the world. The founder of FAST Dr. Lynn Mc Donald first delivered FAST in Wisconsin in 1988. FAST was introduced into Australia in the early 1990’s, and has seen 100’s of Australian families lives changed through FAST’s activities which aim to; empower parents , build supportive relationships, enhance family functioning, prevent child from experiencing school failure, prevent substance abuse by the child and family and to reduce stress that parents and children experience from daily life situations.
FAST delivery has been successful in the remotest of Indigenous communities in Australia through to schools and families in our capital cities. A defining feature of FAST is its rigorous evaluation process, which provides statistically significant data to measure progress, make continuous improvements, and sustain FAST into the future. Built on evidence-based practices and rigorously tested, the FAST parent empowerment program consistently produce statistically significant improvements in children’s behaviour, emotional well-being, and academic performance while building social capital among families, schools and communities.
FAST in Australia is currently overseen by an “executive” group as part of a partnership between three organisations, strategically located across the country. Each member has solid FAST experience, each having 10 years+ of FAST experience in a range of contexts.
Currently these members have regular phone and occasional face to face meetings, with intent to address some important issues, and to address the re-branding of FAST in Australia.