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Family Communication Project Study

The Family Communication Project is designed to be a longitudinal study that will help us learn about how ART families are doing as their children move into their teens and twenties. We just completed the first phase of this project, which was a pilot study. Through the pilot study, we tested out all the project procedures, including the online survey and in-person interviews. Now the research team is in the process of applying for funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation to start the next phase of the FCP. For the next phase, several thousand families from across the country will be joining the FCP. Adding more families to the project will help us get an even clearer picture of how the strengths and challenges of ART families.

What does this mean for current FCP families? About 95% of FCP families told us they would like to continue being a part of this ground-breaking research. In 3 or 4 years, we will create a second online survey and ask FCP families to tell us how they are doing as their children move into late childhood and early teens.