Family Connections services are provided to families referred by DCS by a Family Connections Consultant (FCC). The FCC provides community resources and parent education services to help parents safely care for their children. Family strengths are used to make positive behavioral changes in family functioning and to ensure the safety of children. The FCC provides services to referred families as outlined in the Arizona Family Connections manual to include: intake; outreach and engagement; concrete/emergency services; comprehensive family assessment, including the use of standardized assessment instruments; outcome-driven service plans with UBSMART goals; change focused intervention; evaluation of change; and service closure.

Family Connections is a multi-faceted community-based practice model that works with families in their homes, in the context of their neighborhoods, to help them meet the basic needs of their children, prevent child maltreatment, and/or eliminate danger. The FCC meets with the family one to two times per week for 5 months to work on identified treatment goals. There is an emergency phone number given to all participants during services that will ensure families can access assistance from the agency on nights and weekends also.

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