Family Development Resources Inc.

A family helping families.

Family Development Resources, Inc. (FDR), a Utah business, was established in 1983 to develop and distribute valid and reliable parenting inventories and programs to identify and help families who are experiencing family violence, particularly child maltreatment.

What We Do

We publish and distribute evidence-based programs recognized by SAMHSA and NREPP under the leadership of founder and president Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D., an internationally recognized professional in the fields of Parenting Education and Child Abuse and Neglect Treatment and Prevention. We have developed two instrumental tools, used by professionals worldwide, to assist our agencies in preventing child abuse; inventory assessments and nurturing programs.

Inventory Assessment

The Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2) is an inventory designed to assess the parenting and child rearing attitudes of adolescents and adult parent and pre-parent populations. The Nurturing Skills Competency Scale (NSCS) is a self-report, criterion-referenced inventory designed to gather information in two primary domains: Family Life and Parenting Competence.

Nurturing Programs

The Nurturing Parenting Programs are family-based multicultural programs used to help families break the cycle of child maltreatment by replacing old and hurtful parenting patterns with more positive, nurturing parenting patterns. The proven success of these efforts has made Family Development Resources a leader in the field.

Training Workshops

In addition to publishing and disseminating materials, FDR sponsors training workshops for professionals through its international team of trainers and consultants. For over 40 years, professionals worldwide have attended workshops and seminars on assessing and treating child abuse and neglect using the AAPI and the Nurturing Parenting Programs.

Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D.

Dr. Bavolek is a recognized leader in the fields of child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention, and parenting education. He is also founder and CEO of the Family Nurturing Centers, Inc. International, a not-for-profit organization. Both the Family Nurturing Centers and Family Development Resources are dedicated to the mission of empowering communities throughout the world to help families experience the success of living a life free from physical, verbal and emotional abuse and neglect.