We study the impact of training on child welfare professionals' capacity to teach relationship education skills.

The Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training (HRMET) project was a multi-state initiative to equip professionals with information and strategies to strengthen couple relationships in an effort to meet the safety, permanency, and well-being needs of vulnerable children in the child welfare system. Dr. Ted Futris led the evaluation effort that informed curriculum design and examined training impact.

Funding Source

  • Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau (2009-2014)

Papers in Development or Under Review

  • Use It or Lose It? Predicting Learning Transfer of Relationship Education Among Child Welfare Professionals.
  • A Culture of Family-Centered Care: The Connection between Child Welfare Professionals Attitudes about Fathers, Family Fragmentation, and Relationship and Marriage Education.

Recent Publications

  • Futris, T.G., Schramm, D. G., & Duncan, J. (2016). Preparing future child welfare professionals to strengthen couple relationships. Family Science Review [On-line], 21(2), 74-95. Available at  http://www.familyscienceassociation.org/familysciencereview/vol21/issue2%20

  • Scarrow, A., Fuhrman, N., & Futris. T.G. (2015) Engaging and training professionals to implement family strengthening programs: Lessons learned. Journal of Extension [On-line], 53 (5). Available at http://www.joe.org/joe/2015october/a3.php.

  • Futris, T. G., & Schramm, D. G. (2015) The healthy relationship and marriage education training project: Lessons learned in program development. Journal of Extension [On-line], 53 (3). Available at http://www.joe.org/joe/2015june/a4.php.

  • Futris, T. G., Schramm, D. G., Richardson, E. W., & Lee, T., K. (2015). Integrating relationship education into child welfare services: The Impact of Organizational Support on the Transfer of Learning to Practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 51, 36-43. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.01.019

  • Futris, T. G., Schramm, D., Lee, T. K., Thurston, W. D., and Barton, A. W. (2014). Training child welfare professionals to support healthy couple relationships: Examining the link to training transfer. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 8 (5), 560-583. doi: 10.1080/15548732.2014.953719

  • Scarrow, A., Futris, T. G., Fuhrman, N. E. (2014). The factors associated with child welfare professionals’ application of relationship education. Children and Youth Services Review,46, 265-275. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.08.023
  • Schramm, D., Futris, T. G., Galovan, A. M., & Allen, K. (2013). Is relationship and marriage education relevant and appropriate to child welfare? Children and Youth Services Review, 35 (3), 429-438. doi:  10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.12.013