Project Connect

Through Project Connect, Children’s Friend helps keep children safe and keep families together. Project Connect provides home-based services for families statewide identified by the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Supporting children ages 0-17, their families, pregnant and parenting youth.

Project Connect is the only program in the state that works with DCYF to keep children safe and strengthen families by helping parents achieve a substance-free lifestyle. The program is intensive, home-based, and provides services for an average of one year. The Project Connect staff is specially trained in substance abuse and child welfare risk assessment.

The Project Connect model has been replicated in two counties in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.


Project Connect provides individualized services for families, including:

  • Intensive home-based services
  • Substance abuse assessment and monitoring
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family assessment and counseling
  • Assistance with transportation
  • Court advocacy
  • Nursing Assessment and Services
  • Supplemental Visitations
  • 24/7 emergency on call support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Aftercare services post DCYF involvement


Project Connect also links families with community resources, including:

  • Substance abuse treatment agencies
  • Child care
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • Family assessment and counseling
  • Education
  • Mental health
  • Legal services
  • Medical Services


For more information please contact Rachel Cooper at 401.276.4373 or