FAMILY DEVELOPMENT MATRIX
A project supporting family strengthening organizations.
The Family Development Matrix project is funded by the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention.
The FDM has brought case management and outcomes evaluation into county-based service networks and tribal communities in California. The FDM is an assessment tool that tracks family outcomes in an agency supported network of services. Family support workers assist families in setting goals, in recording agency interventions and supports as well as tracking worker and family participation activities. At-risk families participate in the assessment of their current situation and their strengths, which are then used to develop an empowerment plan to address issues of concern.
The overall project goals are to support, broaden, and extend the existing public/private partnerships in the FDM collaboratives to include family strengthening agencies, county welfare representatives, tribal communities, and local agency partners emphasizing the use of a prevention and early intervention planning process to prevent child abuse and neglect.
In partnership with local child welfare agencies the FDM uses outcome indicators and data analysis for reports on referrals from child welfare differential response cases. The FDM is of particular use to county child welfare agencies gathering data to use as part of the annual report to OCAP on the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF), Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP), and Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment (CAPIT) programs.
The counties where family support agencies are using the FDM include Alpine, Butte, Del Norte, Contra Costa, Fresno, Humboldt, Lake, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Orange, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Tehama, Tulare, Ventura and Yolo Counties.
Additionally, the project utilizes the Pathway to the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect researched practices from Harvard University and the Family Strengthening Protective Factors to assist agencies in developing intervention strategies that are integrated with the FDM case management system. The Matrix Outcomes Model with its partner, Strategies, conducts the training and technical assistance for community collaborative agencies.
One of the goals of the current phase of the FDM is focused on strengthening the validity of the model by using a panel of experts to provide input regarding the correlation of key child abuse and neglect prevention measures, to better align the tool with the federal outcome measures. For further information, the website may be found at: www.matrixoutcomesmodel.com. If you have questions, please contact Jerry Endres, Project Director, at (530) 938-3867, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org..