Facing the Challenge
Kent County has a big challenge to overcome. More than 11,000 kids are reported abused or neglected every year. It’s a staggering number. It’s also highly preventable. When parents have access to the right resources, training, and tools, results follow. At Family Futures, we’re here to ensure brighter futures, one parent and one child at a time. Through parent coaching, home visiting and parent education, we work our mission: to shape a community that protects children from abuse and neglect.
Our New Name
In 2010, we invited a diverse group of community members to help us explore how we could more effectively share our story and, along the way, engage more Kent County families in our mission. First we needed to get past a name that few could remember or fully understand. The Child and Family Resource Council was no longer adequate. In the end we emerged with a name that better reflects the heart of our work: Family Futures. It represents who we are, who we serve, and where we’re headed.
As a mission and data-driven organization, we help to shape a community that protects children from abuse and neglect. Rather than responding to problems with band-aid solutions, our legacy of impact is based on a preventative approach based on instilling Protective Factors. And it’s working.
Today, Family Futures provides a variety of innovative, family-centered programs and services. Combined with highly skilled and dedicated staff, we take a comprehensive approach to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. One that includes:
Community Education: Training and information on subjects such as mandated reporting, Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Connections: Provides parents of children five and under with critical information on child development.
Healthy Start: Provides support, information, and resources to parents of children prenatal to three years of age.
RAVE (Resources Against Violent Encounters): Creates a forum for teens to help them recognize and respond to abuse, and ultimately, develop healthier relationships.
Family Resource Guide: A comprehensive guide of programs and services for children and families in Kent County.
Kids aren’t gingerbread people, so there can be no one-size-fits all solution to keeping them safe and strong. We work with families to provide universal services with a common goal – to build strong families. To ensure we practice equity and inclusion in our services, we target our approach to meet the needs of the population we serve, recognizing that not all families come from the same place in life.
Using a targeted universalism and structural fairness model, we develop customized solutions to meet the complex needs of the families we serve. We’re proud to be recognized as a full partner by Partners for a Racism Free Community.