Family Connections at Baltimore (FCB) is an agency of the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UM SSW) Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children.
FCB began in 1996, when Drs. Diane DePanfilis and Howard Dubowitz developed the Family Connections intervention model to provide research-based in-home early intervention services, grounded in neglect prevention science, for families living in Baltimore, Maryland. Since that time there have been a number of replications and modifications of the FC model and FCB has engaged in a variety of service interventions, research activities, teaching and learning collaboratives, including initiatives that inform policy development.
Family Connections-Baltimore has a strong relationship with University of Maryland School of Social Work Title IV-E Education Public Child Welfare Program. The graduate interns placed at FCB will be better prepared for strengths-based careers in child welfare.
Title IV-E training includes:
- introduction to the FCB model of practice,
- training in the use of the management information system (MD CHESSIE),
- documentation standards and practice, and
- development of comprehensive assessment and goal-oriented service plans.
Through Family Connections-Baltimore, interns have the opportunity participate in other career preparation events to grow a strengths-based practice.
- Training in Observation and Client Self-Report Instruments
- Weekly Seminars
- Individual and family resilience and response to trauma was also presented with an emphasis on neglect and complex developmental trauma with specific implications for practice.
- Motivational Interviewing
- professional development
- Training in Motivational Interviewing
Additional seminar topics:
For project information, contact:
Frederick H. Strieder, PhD, LCSW-C
Program Director, Principal Investigator for Family Connections
Director, Family Connections, Grandparent Family Connections, and Trauma Adapted Family Connections
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work