The Duke Endowment awards $1,699,000 in grant funding to the Family Centered Treatment Foundation

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The unique design and methodology of this study will be exciting to watch!


The Family Centered Treatment Foundation (FCTF) is a nonprofit organization serving over 60 sites across 10 US states. FCTF provides licensing, training, and oversight of the Family Centered Treatment ® (FCT) model to human service organizations. Established in 1992, FCTF has been integral in providing best practice and evidence-based services that have improved the lives of over 25,000 families! The FCTF’s mission is to enhance the capability of agencies, communities and state systems of care in the implementation of proven evidence-based programs to better address the needs of families in crisis.

The Duke Endowment grant will be used to conduct a randomized control research study in North Carolina that meets the highest levels of scientific analysis. The study will examine numerous factors affecting children and families involved in the child mental health/welfare systems, including short, medium and long-term outcomes of family-stabilization, decarceration, family-functioning, safety, and cost-effectiveness. This study will be conducted in collaboration with the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, the Duke University's Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy as well as multiple Managed Care Organizations across North Carolina.

Two quasi-experimental studies with large sample sizes, along with 25 years of practice-based evidence, have proven the effectiveness and sustainability of FCT outcomes. Nevertheless, there is a critical need for a randomized control trial (study) to evaluate the effectiveness with the child mental health/welfare population.

“We are again thrilled to be partnering with The Duke Endowment in our study and research around proven models of service to help families. This generous grant will enable research at the highest scientific standards to further determine how FCT affects the lives of families and youth struggling with a multitude of challenges. Additionally, the unique design and methodology of this study will be exciting to watch.”

-Tim Wood, FCTF Executive Director

Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3.4 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.

For more information on Family Centered Treatment or how you can support this community effort, please call or email Debbie Foster at (703) 757-6243/ info(at), or visit our website at

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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