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Honors & Awards Edit honor Family Development Training and Credentialing Program

honor title Family Development Training and Credentialing Program honor description

The Family Development Training and Credentialing Program (FDC) is a major New York State initiative that provides frontline workers with the skills and competencies they need to empower families. FDC-trained workers help families capitalize on their strengths and set attainable goals.

The FDC curriculum, developed by Cornell University, consists of approximately 90 hours of intensive, interactive classroom study that cover the following ten modules:

Family Development: A Sustainable Route to Healthy Self Reliance Worker Self-Empowerment Building Mutually Respectful Relationships with Families Communication Cultural Competence Ongoing Assessment Home Visiting Helping Families Access Specialized Services Facilitating Family Conferences, Support Group and Community Meetings Collaboration

There is also an additional 10 hours of small group instruction in portfolio development. Each student develops a portfolio that applies FDC concepts to their everyday work experience. With regular attendance, a satisfactory portfolio, and a passing grade on the New York State credential exam, workers can earn a New York State Family Development Credential and college credits. honor date Apr 2002 honor issuer Department of Youth and Community Development Edit honor WANDA'S STORY OF MOVING ON

WANDA'S STORY OF MOVING ON Wanda Niles has gone through some rough spots in her life. . Battled clinical depression and split with husband. Evicted from her home with the youngest three of her five children, age 23 and twins age 18, in November 2010. But she spends very little time on the negatives in her life. "My children were very supportive," she says. "The boys were going to school in Manhattan then and fortunately we were sent right to Henry Street Settlement's Urban Family Center on the Lower East Side. Our case managers gave us leads and we were responsible for fol­lowing up - going out to find work and talking to brokers and look­ing at apartments." They found their apartment and moved on March 19, 2012. Their new home is in a two family house rent­ing for $1,175 a month . Though divorced from her husband, she says "We're civil but I've moved on." Wanda says she is grateful for the advice and sup­port she received from Henry Street case managers and housing specialist: "Whatever help we need­ed we got. As government cutbacks affected pro­grams, they made sure we knew what to do to stay in compliance. " I had the help I needed to get a job - help in writing a resume and coaching for interviews. I was sent to the Bottomless Closet to get two suits for job hunting." Wanda found a job near home. She is working as an administrative assistant at Grand Street Settlement earning $25,000 a year with benefits. One of her sons, who is studying on line for a career in early childhood education also works there. Wanda says she will graduate from City College with her bachelor's degree in 2014. - From the newsletter, "What...Where...When: printed and circulated for homeless families Subsequently, Wanda cared for her only daughter from 2013 until her death in 2015, from complications of Crohn's Disease. During that time her rental was foreclosed and she found herself in a situation. She is in constant contact with her sons who are successful young men.

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