Family Connections (FC) is a multifaceted, community-based service program that works with vulnerable families in their homes and in the context of their neighborhoods to help them meet the basic needs of their children and prevent child maltreatment. The target population is families with children (birth to 18) who meet children risk criteria for child maltreatment (criteria are adapted based on geographic differences).
Agencies who have replicated Family Connections have:
- indicated positive change over time in protective factors (parenting attitudes, parenting competence, social support);
- diminished risk factors (parental depressive symptoms, parenting stress, life stress); and
- improved child safety (physical and psychological care of children) and child behavior (internalizing and externalizing behavior).
These are the same findings that Family Connections demonstrated in its original research.
DePanfilis, D., Filene, J. H., & Lim Brodowski, M. (2009). Introduction to Family Connections and the national replication effort. Protecting Children, 24(3), 4-14.
Versions of Family Connections have been delivered for 3, 4, 6, 9, or 12 months, partly dependent on the target population. Shorter interventions have demonstrated greater cost effectiveness in relation to risk and protective factors, most agencies choose to serve families intensively for 3 months (post assessment) with the option of delivering another 3 months of intervention if family circumstances indicate high need.