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The Family Development Credentialing (FDC) program at UConn is a professional development course and credentialing program for Family Advocates to learn and practice skills of strength-based family support with families. 

The FDC was established in 1996 through an interagency collaboration of 15 major state agencies and he New York State Council in Children and Families.  New York Sate selected Cornell University to develop the FDC curriculum adn administer the program.  In August 2010, the FDC program moved to the University of Connecticut's Center for Study of Culture Health & Human Development (CHHD). In 2014 National FDC joined UConn Department of Applied Health Sciences, where he FDC is jointly issued by CCHD and the Center for Environment Health & Health Promotion (CEHHP).

On July 20, 2017 MHSA became the Maryland State Coordinator for the Family Development Credential. 



1. Family Development: A Sustainable Route to Healthy Self-Reliance

2. Communicating with Skill and Heart

3. Presence and Mindfulness: Cornerstones of Healthy Relationships

4. Taking Good Care of Yourself

5. One Diverse World

6. Strength-Based Assessment

7. Helping Families Set and Reach their Own Goals

8. Helping Families Access Specialized Services

9. Home Visiting

10. Collaborating and Community Support



To earn the FDC worker must:

  • Complete 90 hours of interactive classroom instruction based on the Empowerment Skills for Family Workers Curriculum
  • Prepare a Skills Portfolio with support of a portfolio advisor
  • Pass a state credential exam


  • $950 which includes:
  • 80 hours of interactice instruction
  • 10 hours of individual portfolio advisement
  • Empowerment Skills for Family Advocate Workbook
  • Credential Fee


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To inquire about the credential please fill out the following FORM or

contact mhsa_fdc@md-hsa.org