How to Launch Family Connects in Your Community
At Family Connects International, we believe our Family Connects model can benefit each and every newborn. We are committed to supporting our community partners to explore, implement, and scale the Family Connects model.
Launching a new Family Connects program takes time and depends on community readiness. During the planning phase of work, the FCI team provides consultation regarding all aspects of program development, including:
- Identifying an organizational home for the program
- Creating a community advisory board
- Developing a learning agenda/evaluation plan, and
- Providing guidance on budgeting and staffing
Building the capacity for Family Connects may seem daunting at first. But Family Connects International staff is with you every step of the way, providing training, support and guidance!
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When implementing the Family Connects model in any community, the goal is to integrate with existing community services and complement that which is already being done. Implementing partners may include local nonprofit organizations, health departments, hospital systems, state-wide early childhood, education or health systems, physician groups and/or universities.
Because it is part of the continuum of care for newborns and their parents, implementing the Family Connects model requires ownership and commitment from community members and other stakeholders. Communities must adhere to the evidence-based protocols to achieve certification. Costs for training and certification vary by a community’s size.