Clearinghouse Resource


Introduction to Family Strengthening: Policy Brief No. 1


Family Strengthening Policy Center (FSPC)


Washington, DC: National Human Services Assembly, Family Strengthening Policy Center (FSPC)

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

October 2004, 12 pages

Description of Resource

"The family strengthening framework has been embraced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), which is committed to fostering public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that better meet the needs of vulnerable families. The underlying principle of the foundation's work is that children do well when their families do well, and families do better when they live in supportive neighborhoods. AECF defines family strengthening as a deliberate process of giving parents the necessary opportunities, relationships, networks, and supports to raise their children successfully, which includes involving parents as decision-makers in how their communities meet family needs. Building on the Foundation's work, the Family Strengthening Policy Center seeks to mainstream family strengthening practice by making it a public priority. By leveraging the National Assembly's network of nearly 70 human and health service nonprofit organizations, the Center's objective is to influence how family policy is formulated and implemented." - Publisher's description CONTENTS State of Family Well-Being Family Strengthening Principles and Practice The Case for Family-Centered and Neighborhood-Based Services Origins of Family Strengthening -- A Grassroots, Community-Based Movement Family Strengthening Approach as Contrasted with Prevailing Practice Meaningful Outcomes Resources References