The Serving Families Together Initiative has developed a suite of resources for sharing across service systems in order to improve collaboration and coordination for the benefit of families served in Illinois communities.
The resources include an overview of cross-training, a check-list for planning and executing cross-training, and a series of webinars. These resources can all be found on the Serving Families Together Initiative page hosted by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development.
The goal of the two-year initiative, which began in 2017, was to increase access to Early Intervention (EI) and home visiting services for children and families involved in the child welfare system through building cross-systems knowledge and relationships. The Grand Victoria Foundation, the Ounce of Prevention Fund, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD), the Illinois Department of Human Services Early Intervention Bureau, Erikson Institute, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) partnered to develop the Initiative.