Family Connections (FC)

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Family Connections (FC) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Casework Practice, Interventions for Neglect and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs.

Target Population: Families at risk for child maltreatment

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

FC is a multifaceted, community-based service program that works with 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. Nine practice principles guide FC interventions: ecological developmental framework; community outreach; individualized family assessment and tailored interventions; helping alliance; empowerment principles; strengths-based practice; cultural competence; outcome-driven service plans with SMART goals; and a focus on the competence of the practitioner. Individualized family intervention is geared to increase protective factors, decrease risk factors, and target child safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes.

Program Goals:

The goals of Family Connections (FC) are:

  • Help these families meet the basic needs of their children
  • Reduce the risk of child neglect

Contact Information

Name: Diane DePanfilis, PhD, MSW
Title: Professor
Agency/Affiliation: Hunter College
Department: Silberman School of Social Work
Phone: (917) 435-2296

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2008