What is Family Support and Connections?

Family Support and Connections services are designed to strengthen families and support effective parenting. The program provides services to increase what are known as parental protective factors. Parental protective factors include:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Parenting skills
  • Parental resilience
  • Parental social connections
  • Positive, concrete supports such as bus passes to attend parenting classes, diapers, cleaning supplies, etc.

Who can get Family Support and Connections?

You must be participating in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to receive Family Support and Connections services.

Family advocates

Families that join the program are connected with a Family Support and Connections advocate. Advocates are flexible and available to meet anywhere your family feels comfortable. Your family advocate will help identify the strengths and needs of your family, and work with you to find the solutions that work best for you and your children.

Your advocate may:

  • Make home visits and other face-to-face contacts
  • Complete a strengths-based family assessment
  • Create a family service plan with individualized services
  • Stay in touch with your Self-Sufficiency Program case manager and be a part of your case planning

How do I request Family Support and Connections?

Is there a waiting list?

In some places there is more demand for Family Support and Connections than can be served right away. Please sign up anyway; there may be other programs we can refer you to for services while you wait to join Family Support and Connections.

Contact us

To sign up for Family Support and Connections Services
Contact your local Self-Sufficiency Program office

For administrative business
Contact the Family Support and Connections Central Office:
Department of Human Services 
500 Summer St. NE, 2nd Floor 
Salem, OR 97301 
Phone: 503-945-6074 
Fax: 503-373-7032