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. Our mission is 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.
While we explored strategic questions about our organization and its unique role in the community, it was clear that our mission would remain the same, and that our delivery of programs and services would not be in question. 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. It grew out of our core belief that a child’s future begins with the family environment he or she experiences today.
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. And it’s working.
We are committed to encouraging and leveraging partnerships that celebrate and embrace the many values of a diverse, welcoming and affirming region. And through these actions, we will enhance the effectiveness of our work.
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.
We Can’t Do It Without You
The opportunity to help prevent child abuse and neglect is there for all of us. We simply need to get started, here and now. It’s the best way to prevent problems from happening in the first place. Please join our efforts and contribute to Family Futures today. Your generous support can touch lives and build brighter futures throughout Kent County.
To learn more about us, please visit the following page links: