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March 2003Vol. 4, No. 2Curriculum Helps Prepare Teens in Care for Family Connections

Family support helps teens develop into productive, functioning adults. Yet teens in foster care often miss out on this important connection. A new curriculum, The Family Bound Program, helps prepare these teens for permanent family relationships.

Family Bound, developed by Robert G. Lewis and Communities for People, Inc., teaches teens about family life through nine workshop sessions. The program also provides opportunities to practice concrete skills during five weekend visits with birth, foster, adoptive, kin, or "bridge" families. Bridge families have never met their teens but commit to working with them through the 5-week program. In the pilot programs, all but one of the bridge families continued to visit with their teens after the program concluded, supporting the program's goal of helping to develop permanent connections for participants.

More information about the program and other resources on permanence for adolescents can be found on the Robert G. Lewis website at

Or contact:
Robert G. Lewis
4 Mayflower Lane
Gloucester, MA 01930-4321
Phone: (978) 281-8919