Grandparent Family Connections (GFC)

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About This Program

Target Population: Grandparent-headed household families at risk for child maltreatment

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

GFC is a multifaceted, community-based service program that works with grandparent-headed households (GHH) in their homes and in the context of their neighborhoods to help them meet the basic needs of the children in their care and prevent child maltreatment. Nine practice principles guide GFC 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 specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely (SMART) goals
  • A focus on the competence of the practitioner

Individualized family interventions are tailored to address the special needs of GHH and geared to increase protective factors, decrease risk factors, and target child safety, well-being, and permanency outcomes.

Program Goals:

The goals of Grandparent Family Connections (GFC) are:

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

Contact Information

Frederick H. Strieder, MSW, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: University of Maryland School of Social Work
Phone: (410) 706-5479

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2017