Family Support

Family Support Credential

The Family Development Credential (FDC) provides participants with the skills and competencies needed to empower families to attain a healthy self-reliance and interdependence with their communities. This credential is recommended for frontline workers, such as home visitors, case managers, family resource center workers, community health workers and teacher aides.

The Family Development Credential emerged in 1994 from a research-policy collaborative between the Cornell University College of Human Ecology's Department of Human Development, New York State's Council on Children and Families, NYS Department of State, and the New York City Dept. of Youth and Community Development. Beginning August 1, 2010 the Family Development Credential Program moved to University of Connecticut's Center for Culture, Health & Human Development, which issues the credential and administratively oversees the program. Dr. Claire Forest remains director.

To earn the FDC, front-line workers take 90 hours of classes based on Empowerment Skills for Family Workers (Dr. Clarie Forest 2003), complete a portfolio documenting their ability to apply these concepts and skills, and pass a standardized exam. Since the first FDC credentials were issued by Cornell's School of Continuing Education in 1997, more than 7,000 front-line workers in New York State have earned the FDC and thousands more have earned it through affiliated systems in other states.

The Family Development credential is offered through the University of Connecticut.

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