Child and Family Development and Support Services Definition
Families participating in Child and Family Development and Support Services gain new competencies, improve child health and well-being, improve family functioning, and make family-community connections.
Child and Family Development and Support Services address the needs of the family as a whole and are based in the homes, neighborhoods, and communities of families who need help promoting positive development, meeting challenges, and preventing adverse outcomes.
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Note: This section is designed to accommodate a variety of supportive programs for families and their children, including, but not limited to: (1) home visiting programs that deliver support services in families’ homes; (2) early intervention programs for children who have or are at risk for developmental delays; and (3) parent education groups.
Organizations providing only parent education groups will complete: CFD 1, 2, 3, and 8.
Organizations providing all other services will complete the following core concept standards relating to general service delivery: CFD 1-5, and CFD 11. They will also complete one or more of the following core concept standards, based on the services their programs provide: CFD 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. For example, a home visiting program that provides education and support services would complete CFD 7 and 8, whereas a home visiting program that provides health services would complete CFD 6.
Although organizations are only required to implement standards relevant for their program, it is important to: (1) recognize when families have needs or concerns the program is not prepared to address, and (2) connect those families with appropriate resources, services, and supports.
Note: Please see CFD Reference List for the research that informed the development of these standards.