Family Connections Resources

Family Connections and Family Connections-Baltimore help families meet children’s basic needs and prevent neglect. Services provided by social workers and social work interns enhance safety and well-being. At the same time these programs provide educational and practice experiences for social work students and other professionals. Faculty and staff are currently engaged in evidence-based practices concentrating on family-focused interventions for coping with community violence and trauma symptoms.

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its efforts to prevent child maltreatment, Family Connections is being replicated in multiple sites across the country.

Brylske, P., Strieder, F., Price, C., & Mettrick, J. Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems of Care. Maryland System of Care Training Institutes 2013, The Institute for Innovations and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, June 4, 2013.

Collins, K. S., Strieder, F. H., Beegle, C. Core Concepts of Trauma Treatment for Children, Adolescents, and their Families.  University of Maryland School of Social Work. May 20-24, 2013.

Collins, K. S., Berkowitz, S., Strieder, F. H., & Clarkson Freeman, P. Back to the Future: Trauma-Focused Family Assessment. National Child Traumatic Stress Network All-Network Conference New Directions: Collaboration for a Comprehensive Focus on Childhood Trauma. Philadelphia Pennsylvania, May 1, 2013.

Strieder, F. Trauma-Informed Care:  What Does It Mean? 7th Annual Maryland CASA Conference, Annapolis, MD, April 6, 2013.

Strieder, F. (2013) Strengthening Family Connections: Enhancing Our Grandchildren’s Future, Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle, February 14, 2013.

Strieder, F. Compassion Fatigue, Secondary Traumatic Stress or Burnout? Identification and Practical Strategies for Frontline Case Workers, University of Maryland School of Social Work Child Welfare Academy, December 3, 2012.

Strieder, F. Child Welfare Professional Development and Supervisors Working with Families Who Experience Trauma, University of Maryland School of Social Work Child Welfare Academy, November 8, 2012.

Collins, K. S., Strieder, F. H., Freeman, P. C., and Tabor M. Trauma Adapted Family Connections: Reducing Developmental and Complex Trauma Symptomatology to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect.  International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 28th Annual Meeting. Beyond Boundaries: Innovations to Expand Services and Tailor Traumatic Stress Treatments. November 3, 2012.

Connors, K. & Strieder, F.H. Child Welfare Professional Development and Supervisors Working with Families Who Experience Trauma, University of Maryland School of Social Work Child Welfare Academy, February 23, 2012.

Strieder,  F.  and Tabor, M. (2011) Trauma-Adapted Family Connections. University of Maryland School of Social Work Trauma Education Connection Initiative. Baltimore, MD.  August 8-9, 2011.

DePanfilis, D., Filene, J. H., & Lim Brodowski, M. (2009). Introduction to Family Connections and the national replication effort. Protecting Children, 24(3), 4-14.


Healing Families Through Sared Meaning of Trauma: Applying Narrative Practice Principles in Family Trauma Work
Family Center at Kennedy Kreiger Institute 5th Biennial Trauma Conference, October 2, 2015

Adapting a Promising Multi-Faceted Child Maltreatment Preventative Intervention to Respond to Differences in Target Populations, September 16, 2013, Dublin, Ireland

Measuring the Implementation of Social Work Interventions: Options and Examples, SSWR 17th Annual Conference, San Diego, January 17, 2013

Trauma Informed Training Series
This four part training series provides mental health and child welfare practitioners and administrators with trauma informed training to help professionals impacted by or working with populations touched by trauma. The aim is for organizations and professionals to become trauma-informed which means using knowledge of trauma and recovery to design and deliver appropriate services. The focus will be on evidenced-based and promising initiatives, trends, interventions, and outcomes to address, cope with and overcome trauma.

View Trauma Informed Training Series brochure

Fred Strieder and Mark Ladner presented Treatment Assessment and Planning: Identifying Trauma Needs and Developing Trauma-informed Responses to the Provider Advisory Committee on November 17, 2014. This committee serves as a liaison to the Maryland Social Services Agency for Maryland based private service providers. The group is supported by the Maryland Chapter of the Foster Family-based Treatment Association.

View the handouts from this presentation, part of the four part Trauma Informed Training Series.

Annual Reports
Annual Report, July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Annual Report, July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Annual Report, July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
Past Projects

Caring for Others as a Positive Experience (COPE)

Custodial grandchildren are at-risk for psychological difficulties due to neglect and abuse by birth parents, challenges to parenting faced by custodial grandparents, and limited access to services. Our findings facilitate the choice and tailoring of programs to address the unmet needs of this growing and underserved population.