Why We Care

The Challenge We Face


Kent County has a big challenge to overcome. In 2011 alone, 47.9% of children, or an estimated 1 million children, experienced one or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). This is a staggering number, but it is preventable.

Family Futures cares about all children, and want to raise awareness of ACEs, as well as work to prevent them. We believe when parents have access to the right resources, training, and tools, positive results are sure to follow.

Our parent coaching, home visiting, and community education all uphold our mission to shape a community in which all children are supported and reach their full potential.

 

Equity is Essential


There is no one size fits all solution for helping children and families in West Michigan. We work with our families to provide universal services with a common goal. However, just because a program is universally offered, does not mean everyone will use it.

We care about all children, so we want to make sure our programs are used by as many families as possible.

That’s why we use targeted universalism and structural fairness models. To ensure we practice equity and inclusion in our services, we target our approach to meet the needs of the population we serve. We are proud to be recognized as a full partner by Partners for a Racism Free Community.

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Why We Focus on Prevention


We want to shape a community where children can be supported to reach their full potential. Rather than trying to do damage control on problems already caused, we focus on preventing the harm from ever happening. We use prevention based services, based on the set up of Protective Factors.

Some of our services include:

 

Community Education

Community Education

Training for community members in order to shape an informed, safer culture for children.

Connections

Connections

Provides critical information on child development to parents of children five and under, in order to grow parent’s confidence and peace of mind.

 

Healthy Families

Healthy Families

Gives support, information, and resources to expecting parents, up to 3 years old.

Padres Fuertes

Padres Fuertes

Strong Fathers works to promote men’s health, enhance father-child relationships, and build life skills. // Padres Fuertes sirve para promover la salud, enriquecer las relaciones entre padres y niños, y desarrollar habilidades de vida diaria.