This special journal issue tells the story of the national replication of Family Connections (FC), a multi-faceted community-based service program that works with families in their homes, in the context of their neighborhoods, to help them meet the basic needs of their children and prevent child maltreatment.
FC was originally developed in 1996 with support from the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN), Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Based on promising results from the initial pilot program, OCAN recognized FC in 2003 as an effective program for preventing child maltreatment. The Children’s Bureau awarded eight 5-year cooperative agreements and a national cross-site evaluation to examine whether the grantees could replicate FC with fidelity in other settings with different target populations.
This issue begins with an introduction that describes the history of the development of FC and the national replication effort, provides an overview of the program and fidelity criteria, identifies the replicating sites, and shares information about the national cross-site evaluation.
The issue also includes the following articles:
- Culturally Competent Practice With Cambodian and Korean Families in Los Angeles: Results From a 5-Year Replication Project of Family Connections
- Maximizing the Therapeutic Helping Alliance With High-Risk Families
- Client and Service Use Predictors of Successfully Completing a Child Maltreatment Prevention Program
- Integrating Research and Clinical Practice Through Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment
- Replication of Family Connections: Lessons Learned From Grandparents
- Engaging Program Staff in Economic Evaluation: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for Practice
- Programmatic Cost Analysis of the Family Connections Program