Family-Centered Support Workers Trained to Prevent Crises, Strengthen Families

The Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund began to offer training and credentials in a preventive family-centered approach to family development, known as "family support."

Starting in 2001, the training was given to public and private workers in Massachusetts dealing with troubled families.

The fund adapted a prototype curriculum, the Family Development Credential (FDC) program developed by the Cornell University College of Human Ecology.

The curriculum was implemented in New York in the late 1990s with the help of a grant (ID# 030560) from the RWJF as part of its national program, the Family Support Services Program.

Key Results

  • The fund trained 30 individuals at its first Train-the-Trainer Institute.
  • The fund trained 54 field advisors to oversee the field work portion of FDC training.
  • Tufts University awarded the Massachusetts Family Development Credential to its first 20 recipients in June 2002.
  • State and private agencies serving families began to adopt FDC training for their front-line workers.