ERIC Number: ED388392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Key Characteristics and Features of Community-Based Family Support Programs. Family Resource Coalition Best Practices Project Commissioned Paper II.
This guide is the second monograph in the "Guidelines for Effective Practice" series commissioned by the Best Practices Project of the Family Resource which meets the need for better definition and articulation of what constitutes best practice in family support programs. This guide describes the definition, key characteristics, and operational features of family support program practices and proposes a method of categorizing family support programs. The book is divided into three chapters. Chapter one deals with an operational definition of family support and proposes one way of differentiating family support programs from other types of human services programs. Chapter two describes the premises, principles, paradigms, and practices that increasingly are considered the key elements and characteristics of family support programs. Chapter three presents a catalog of program dimensions along which family support programs differ as well as a brief description of how common and diverse elements and dimensions can be blended to form a foundation for the domain of family support programs. An appendix is included that contains checklists for assessing family support program policies and practices. Contains 214 references. (AP)
Descriptors: Community Cooperation, Community Programs, Community Services, Family Environment, Family Influence, Family Problems, Family Programs, Parent Education, Program Development, Public Policy, School Community Relationship
Family Resource Coalition, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 16th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: Family Policy; Family Resource and Support Programs; Family Strengths; Family Support