The Family Growth Center (FGC)

Scientific Rating:
3
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5

Additional Implementation Resources

Since this program The Family Growth Center (FGC) was highly rated on the Scientific Rating Scale, program representatives were asked to provide additional implementation information.

Pre-Implementation Materials

There are pre-implementation materials to measure organizational or provider readiness for The Family Growth Center (FGC) as listed below:

The facilitator’s manual includes a section on how to assess your community’s needs and assets. This section describes the importance of performing a needs and assets assessment, and briefly details what such an assessment should include and how to perform it. The manual is not publicly available, but is included among the FGC program materials offered at www.socio.com.

Formal Support for Implementation

There is formal support available for implementation of The Family Growth Center (FGC) as listed below:

Sociometrics Corporation provides formal technical support for one year following the purchase of the FGC materials. Technical assistance on program implementation and evaluation is offered optionally via telephone or email.

Fidelity Measures

There are fidelity measures for The Family Growth Center (FGC) as listed below:

The measures include:

  • Case Manager Home-Visit Notes: A form which records the date of each home visit, the family members present, and additional notes on the visit
  • Monthly Client Summary form for Case Managers: Tracks the number and duration of calls made to the client (teen mother) over the month; the number, date, duration, and purpose of home visits made; school enrollment status; birth control use/appointments; and FGC services utilized. The section on the form regarding FGC services covers parenting classes (date, facilitator, topic), advocacy services (date, initiated by FGC referral or client, service provided), Grandmother Groups attended by client’s grandmother (date, discussion topics), and social/recreational events attended (date, event). No training is required to use the fidelity measures.
  • Advocate Daily Data Log: A form which details advocacy service requests and responses, including the client’s name, date of request, how the client requested advocacy services (in-person, phone, etc.), the nature of the requests, actions taken by advocate, and request status
  • Advocate Monthly Data Log: A form which summarizes all monthly client contacts, plus workshops attended by the advocate

The measures are not publicly available, but are included among the FGC program materials offered at www.socio.com.

Implementation Guides or Manuals

There are implementation guides or manuals for The Family Growth Center (FGC) as listed below:

A facilitator’s manual and staff orientation manual are available. The facilitator’s manual contains background information on the program, offers concrete sessions for establishing an FGC, discusses preliminary assessment of community needs, provides an overview of basic and secondary/optional FGC services, provides guidelines for implementing five key FGC services, and offers general guidelines for staff development and staff organization in the FGC program. The staff orientation manual was developed to provide staff members with a better understanding of the FGC program, including information on the program’s history, principles, focus, services, and resources. It describes staff development, coalition efforts with community agencies/organizations, and funding sources. The manual is not publicly available, but is included among the FGC program materials offered at www.socio.com.

Research on How to Implement the Program

Research has not been conducted on how to implement The Family Growth Center (FGC).