FC IL is a community-based program, made possible by the joint efforts of many partners. Each community delivering the Family Connects service has its own local leadership team. These teams include representatives from healthcare providers, schools, churches, human service agencies, childcare organizations, and other community-based partners.
Successful development of a Family Connects program depends on it being co-created and co-owned by the existing local networks of support and care for all families. It requires lead agencies and community partners to take the time to have a thoughtful discussion and reflection process about the pathway to achieve the intended outcomes of the program model. Completing the Community Readiness Assessment sets communities up for success by illuminating strengths and potential barriers in their local contexts to successfully implement a program.
Learn more about the Community Readiness Assessment and next steps for establishing a Family Connects program in your community.
To discuss and begin the Community Readiness Assessment, contact: info@FamilyConnectsIL.org.
“The Family Connects Illinois program is targeted to come into the home of new moms and babies to provide further education, to check on them, to make sure everything is going well. And that really does mesh with our mission – to make sure we’re serving every patient, not just within the walls of the hospital, but outside into the community.”
– Hospital Partner
“We were alarmed to learn that so many families in our community lacked some basic supplies that all families with newborns need… We’ve been able to help with material support from cribs to changing tables to clothes.”
– Community Social Service Network