‘This is my childhood’ Conference Speakers
McDonald developed a multi-family group programme called Families and Schools Together in 1988. FAST has now been trained, had supervised implementation, and evaluated in 19 countries, for over 250,000 families, under her direction. It has been positively recognized for 80% retention rates in low-income communities with socially marginalized families, to increase child-well being by building relationships and protective factors against toxic stress of poverty and racism. FAST is recognized for putting theory into practice to reduce child abuse and neglect and increase family cohesion and positive parenting and having parents as partners in strengthening schools and communities and local social capital. FAST is an evidence based social intervention. It has been proven to be effective with randomized controlled trials, and is now widely disseminated.