Our History

It’s amazing to think that the very first children we served are now in their 30’s and having families of their own. The journey Family Futures has charted in that time is just as amazing. We opened our doors in 1985 – known as Kent County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse with the focus on preventing child abuse and neglect. In 2011 we revised our name to Family Futures so as to more closely align with our vision of preparing families and their children for a positive future. Throughout our thirty plus years this organization has remained steadfast in our goal and belief that providing a good solution, prevents multiple problems. Our mission reflects our passion: to shape a community in which all children can reach their full potential. It’s ambitious, but the need is real.

It is common for parents and families to struggle with feeling isolated, uncertain, and disconnected. We often refer to our work as ‘connecting the dots’  between parents, children, and the community. The connections we facilitate are achieved through education and support, partnering with other community resources, and in using data and research to work proactively in developing effective and innovative solutions.

Thirty years have gone by quickly. Family Futures has had the privilege of crossing paths with thousands of incredible individuals along the way; parents, children, teens, donors, volunteers and so many more. It has been an amazing journey because in each family, every child has a unique and incredible story to share. These are the stories that shape our community. Our work, our mission, and the hope it inspires for the future of children and families continues.

Working Together

At Family Futures we begin with a desired outcome in mind, then partner with others to move toward that vision. This means collaborating with fellow agencies, foundations, and local government to achieve far more than we ever could alone. Even in difficult financial times, Family Futures has remained focused on what it takes to help families thrive. In short, we define our work through partnerships that respond to a simple question: what will it take for more families in Kent County to be healthy?

Proven Results

As a results-driven organization we’re committed to data, measurement, and evaluation. We monitor several numbers, including the number of children and families we serve, the quality of our services, and the impact made by our programs and services. By gathering available evidence and data, we continuously learn from and improve our work.

Protective Factors

While parents do their best to prepare for raising a family, few, if any, would claim to have all of the answers. Family Futures helps parents and caregivers from all walks of life strengthen the protective factors in their lives. Protective factors are conditions in communities that increase the health and well-being of children and families. In many ways, they serve as buffers, helping parents find resources, supports, and coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. Studies have shown that establishing protective factors decreases the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

Our Launch
  • 1985

    The Kent County Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is formed

  • 1986

    Board Develops Mission Statement and Goals and Objective First Staff Person is hired (Executive Director)

  • 1988

    First annual Service to Children Awards are held

  • 1989

    College Interns join the Council to assist with general office tasks and special projects

  • 1992

    Perspective 21 study is done to find ways to improve Kent County’s response to children

  • 1993

    Our Children Our Future, a set of standards creating a child’s bill of rights

  • 1994

    Developed database of services for families, to become Family Resource Guide

  • 1995

    Name changes to Child and Family Resource Council Healthy Start program is implemented and receives the longest and largest grant in Steelcase Foundation’s history, totaling $1.8 million over 5 years Community endorses Our Children, Our Future standards Council produces first Family Resource Guide

  • 1996

    Early On Program is temporarily housed at the Council

  • 1998

    Early On Program transitions to Kent Intermediate School District

  • 1999

    Council office moves to United Way Center Resources Against Violent Encounters to women (RAVE) merges with the Council Council produces 50,000 Family Resource Guides Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention programming is implemented

  • 2000

    Council doubles office space through expansion project

  • 2001

    Council hosts first annual Resource Bonanza Family Resource Guide production increased to 60,000 and made available in Spanish Revised Mandated Reporter Guide produced and 10,000 distributed

  • 2002

    Council helps Kent County secure $878,000 Early Learning Opportunities Act federal grant Family Resource Guide online version translated into Spanish Encouraging Family Foundations program piloted to provide parenting classes for unmarried parents

  • 2003

    Connections program starts to help parents track their child’s development

  • 2005

    Healthy Start celebrates 10th year of service

  • 2006

    Encouraging Family Foundations $5 million federal grant awarded

  • 2007

    Three-year federal grant awarded for building capacity of community youth development organizations

  • 2008

    First annual Hope Circle fundraising event

  • 2009

    Move from United Way offices to Riverview Center

  • 2010

    Connections adds online option for families to do developmental surveys online Two-month Ages and Stages Questionnaire is sent to every parent in Kent County through Birth Certificate Registry Healthy Start external program evaluation finds that for every $1.00 invested in program, $2.93 is saved in intervention costs in the first year of service Healthy Start […]

  • 2011

    Name changes to Family Futures Encouraging Family Foundations program closes

  • 2012

    Connections serving 6,000 children, with 98% of parents reporting a better understanding of their child’s development

  • 2015

    Processed our 100,000 Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).  New mission statement – to shape a community in which all children are supported to reach their full potential.

  • 2016

    Family Futures Healthy Start Program is changes its name to HEALTHY FAMILIES allows us to better align here in Kent County, with the national model we currently use, Healthy Families America.

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