From 1999 through 2003, Family Support Connecticut, an effort initiated by the governor and convened by the directors of the state's health, education and human services agencies, worked to expand the infrastructure of Connecticut's family support program and fund parent leadership training through grants to communities.
The goal was to strengthen individual and family functioning by empowering families to manage life's events effectively.
This project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program, Family Support Services Program.
- Connecticut agencies serving children and families began to adopt the principles of family support. For example, the Department of Children and Families made family support a guiding principle in its mission.
- Family Support Connecticut coordinated the creation of the Family Development Training and Credentialing Program, a 90-hour skill-building course in family development for front-line workers.
- The Parent Trust, a training fund initiated under the project, made two rounds of awards:
- In 2002, the fund awarded $214,000 to 17 organizations that trained approximately 340 parent leaders.
- In 2003, the fund awarded $197,000 to 14 organizations.