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Family Intervention for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

This paper, part of a series, emerged from the National Alliance to End Homelessness Practice Knowledge Project and examines in greater depth one promising strategy to end youth homelessness: family intervention. Learning what works and what does not in family intervention is vital to ending youth homelessness, and providers shared the following important lessons: 1. Family intervention is almost always appropriate, and families should be seen as a valuable part of the solution to youth homelessness. 2. Early intervention is critical for keeping youth at home safely, or reuniting them quickly, with families. 3. Family intervention models are wide-ranging and flexible and can include early intervention, quick reunification, or just reconnection and improved relationships for youth who don’t return home to live. 4. Practical considerations of a family’s material circumstances are required to effectively facilitate family intervention. 5. Outcome measures vary and include those focused on process (participation in services) and those measuring entry into (or return to) shelter. Click here to read more.