Community-Family Integration Teams (C-FIT)

Columbia Global Centers | Middle East

The Community-Family Integration Teams is a collaborative effort between researchers from the Columbia University School of Social Work, the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD), the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, which seeks to increase institutional capacity to serve both abused children and youth in conflict with the law in accordance with the National Action Plan in two service sectors: community-based diversion programs and residential institutions.

The overall goal of the project is to develop evidence-based programs that promote the healthy growth and development of children who are victims of child maltreatment and youth who are in conflict with the law in Jordan. To achieve this goal, the project has three key objectives, which are designed to (1) collaboratively adapt and implement evidence-based community diversion programs based on an assessment of the existing local mechanisms for diversion and the current developmental and psychosocial needs of abused children and adolescents in conflict with the law, (2) build residential facility capacity through developing and testing a clinical client assessment system in residential facilities, and (3) to build the long-term capacity of MoSD and local NGOs to sustain and expand implementation of evidence-based programs.