Because all children deserve to be happy, healthy and safe

Family Futures believes every child deserves a chance to thrive. It all starts by building strong families – and that’s what our services do. Through parent support, education and prevention-based programming, we are impacting the community now and for years to come. Our programs and resources are designed to provide a wide range of support for West Michigan parents, teens and families to meet them where they are at.


Our Executive Director, Candace Cowling and Grand Valley State University researcher, Dr. Gwenden Dueker, presented at the Society for Research on Child Development’s Biennial Meeting this week. The study was titled “Exploring longitudinal patterns of stability and change in relative developmental standing from 12-to 60-months” and uses longitudinal screening data from our Connections program to explore issues of individual change and stability in relative developmental status between the ages of one-to five years with the goal of determining if there are common statuses and trajectories over time. Here is the SRCD 2015 Poster showcasing the research and results from this study.

Upcoming Events:

Service to Children Awards

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. To register and view the award recipients click here.

Kent County Resource Fair 

Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Paul I. Phillips Boys & Girls Club at 726 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Register your organization now to host a table at this valuable, information-sharing event!