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Graduation of Strong Families in the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, January 24, 2020. Children International and the National Council on Drugs held the second graduation of the Strong Families program in the Dominican Republic in which 126 families were trained under the responsibility of 21 facilitators.

These families were formed within the modality of unification of two universal prevention programs of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN): Strong Families and Building Families, and belong to 8 Children International centers located in vulnerable sectors of the Dominican Republic.
These programs are based on family skills that provide prevention in the area of public health, to build strong families that effectively benefit the mental health of children and youth of both sexes. They aim to prevent drug use and other risk behaviors (early pregnancies, HIV and other STIs, school dropouts, violent or criminal behaviors) by providing families with tools and methodologies based on scientific evidence.
The Dominican Republic is the first country in Latin America to implement the "Building Families" program, reaching more than 430 beneficiary families to date. In addition, 209 facilitators have been trained in this innovative UNODC Programme.