Wraparound services continue to receive a great deal of attention. Family Connections is a multi-faceted, community-based service program that works with families in their homes and in the context of their neighborhoods. Family Connections offers linkage and referral, case management, in-home intervention, and service plans using an evidenced-based family assessment.
The goal of Family Connections is to help these families meet the basic needs of their children and reduce the risk of child neglect. Nine practice principles guide Family Connections interventions: community outreach, individualized family assessment, tailored interventions, helping alliance, empowerment approaches, strengths perspective, cultural competence, developmental appropriateness, and outcome-driven service plans. Individualized family intervention is geared to increase protective factors, decrease risk factors, and target child safety and wellbeing outcomes.
Family Connections is based on several core components including:
• Extensive outreach and engagement
• Emergency and concrete service provision
• Utilization of a comprehensive family assessment
• Development of outcome-driven service plans
• Change focused interventions n Advocacy/service facilitation
• Multi-family activities
• Service plan evaluation
Family Connections is provided by two service providers to serve Kids Central’s families. In Citrus and Marion Counties, The Centers provides Family Connections, and in Hernando, Lake, and Sumter Counties, Life Stream provides Family Connections.