Implementing Family Connections (Birth to Age 5)

Implementation last updated: 2013

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Where to find out more

Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children
University of Maryland School of Social Work
525 W. Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 20201

Diane DePanfilis, PhD, MSW
Phone: (410) 706-3609

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Recommended further reading

The following references were sources for the implementation profile or were recommended by the program developer for further reading.

DePanfilis, D. (2008, December). Designing and implementing an evidence-based child maltreatment prevention program: Lessons from Family Connections. Paper presented at Evidence-Based Practice for Kids: Roadmap for Preventing Child Maltreatment conference of Washington University Family Resource Center and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, St. Louis, MO. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from selected_presentations/presentation_files/powerpoints/depanfilis%20st.louis.pdf.

DePanfilis, D., Filene, J. H., & Lim Brodowski, M. (2009). Introduction to Family Connections and the national replication efforts. Protecting Children, 24(3), 4–14.

DePanfilis, D., Filene, J. H., & Smith, E.G. (2010, September). Multi-site findings from the replication of a family strengthening program with diverse populations to prevent child maltreatment. Symposium conducted at the XVIII ISPCAN International Congress: Strengthening Children and Families Affected by Personal, Intra-Familial and Global Conflict, Honolulu, HI. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from files/selected_presentations/presentation_files/pdfs/ISPCAN%20_2010%20Symposium%209-26-10.pdf.

DePanfilis, D., & Strieder, F. (2009, March-April). Using prevention science to design, implement, and evaluate prevention strategies: Lessons from Family Connections. Paper presented at the 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect - Focusing on the Future: Strengthening Families and Communities, Atlanta, GA. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from presentations/presentation_files/pdfs/DePanfilis-Strieder-OCAN%2009.pdf.

Lim Brodowski, M., Dubowitz, H., & Filene, J. (2006, January). Family Connections National Replication Project: Lessons learned from the first two years. NIH Neglect Consortium Meeting, Rockville, MD. Retrieved February 28, 2011, from Project_Neglect_Consortium_Mtg_1_19_06.pdf.

University of Maryland School of Social Work. (2008). Family Connections description of services. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from

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