Family Connections (Birth to Age 5)
Last updated: 2011
Evidence of model effectiveness
This model does not meet the criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an “evidence-based early childhood home visiting service delivery model” for the general population or for tribal populations because there are no high- or moderate-rated effectiveness studies of the model.
Family Connections is designed to improve protective factors such as parenting skills and attitudes and reduce risk factors such as parent depression and child behavioral problems. It is a community-based neglect prevention program targeting at-risk families with children between the ages of 0 and 18. For the purposes of the HomVEE review, only studies of programs targeted to children birth to age 5 were included in the review. The core program components of Family Connections are (1) outreach and engagement, (2) intake and screening, (3) emergency services, (4) comprehensive family assessment, (5) case planning based on goals, (6) home visiting, (7) client advocacy and service facilitation (indirect services), (8) assessing progress on case plans at least every 90 days, and (9) multifamily recreational and supportive activities (optional). Families enrolled in Family Connections receive at least one hour of face-to-face services at least once per week for at least three months. For more information, please read the Model Overview.
Extent of evidence
Criteria established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Notes: If the model does not meet criterion 3 but meets criteria 1 and 2 based on findings from subgroups, the impacts must be replicated in the same domain in two or more studies using non-overlapping analytic study samples. HomVEE assesses and reports criteria 4 and 5 for all models that have well-designed research, but meeting those two criteria is only required of models for which all findings are from randomized controlled trials. Please read the HHS criteria for evidence-based models for more information.