ConnectFamilias brings together a group of people that share common values and beliefs about the importance of placing children and families at the center. We are actively engaged in learning together, as well as from each other, and we use the latest information and research to help us make decisions about how best to serve children and families.
In 2009, ConnectFamilias was selected as one of a 16 innovative practice models as part of the Community Defined Evidence Project (CDEP), funded by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The ConnectFamilias partnership model was selected because of its successful service delivery integration and high participation from local residents. The CDEP, conducted by University of South Florida researchers, is working to identify the core elements of culturally relevant practices which have shown promise and local success in addressing ongoing behavioral health disparities in Hispanic/Latino populations nationwide.