Children, Youth, and Families
at Risk (CYFAR)
Through an annual Congressional appropriation
for the National Children, Youth, and Families
at Risk (CYFAR) Program, NIFA allocates
funding to Land-Grant University System Extension
Services for community-based programs for
at-risk children and their families. Since
1991, CYFAR has supported programs in more
than 600 communities in all states and territories.
State and local public and private organizations
have contributed cash and in-kind resources
that match or exceed the federal appropriation.
The CYFAR Program is based on research on effective
programs for at-risk youth and families and on the human ecological principle
of working across the lifespan in the context of the family and community. To
assure that critical needs of children and families are met, CYFAR supports comprehensive,
intensive, community-based programs developed with active citizen participation
in all phases. CYFAR promotes building resiliency and protective factors in youth,
families, and communities.
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