I'm re-imagining workforce training through a family lens. 

In my work with adult basic education students, I recognized that family issues and events significantly influenced my clients’ success in learning and completing their program goals.

It was a new concept, but I wanted to include practices from family education as part of adult education and workforce skills training. I knew that if we could help keep family crises from happening, that we could accomplish more in developing skills and setting goals.

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I'm empowering families to thrive in spite of adversity. 

The best aspect of my work is seeing a child move from being in specialized education, experiencing peer and teacher rejection, and facing family stress, to becoming someone who has friends, earns a regular high school diploma, and has a family that can honestly brag about their child.

One of my clients, whom I met when he was 13 years old, recently gave a guest speech at a conference I attended. He told his story of going from "a complete failure as a person" to becoming "a pretty successful student, son, and friend." He, and the audience, were crying by the end of his talk.

The pressures that come with immense social change are affecting families significantly. We need to understand the impact and address the potential consequences to help families adapt and thrive.
— Bahira Sherif Trask, professor, University of Delaware

Society Benefits

Family issues like divorce and crime can be costly, both emotionally and financially. But Family Science's preventive approach benefits families and society. For example, a recent study found a return on investment of $9.60 for every dollar spent on a preventive family skills training, with a net benefit to society of $5,923 per family. 

A Greater ROI

Federal and state governments in the U.S. spend just $1 to promote healthy marriages for every $1,000 spent on the costs of family disintegration and fragmentation. But studies show that investing in prevention and other evidence-based practices found in Family Science can yield savings of more than 5 to 1.