ERIC Number: ED418805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
What Are the Issues That Confront High-Risk Families: How Can Organizations Such as ERIC and the National Parent Information Network Help?
Robertson, Anne S.
Using a story told by a home visitor in a family literacy program for at-risk families, this paper illustrates issues related to building trust within among parents and the community, deciding on eligibility for services, accessing community resources, and building and maintaining strong relationships with clients. Maintaining that such stories highlight the critical issues that parents and practitioners face on a daily basis, and that it is important to hear and respect parents and professionals who are providing direct services to needy families, the paper observes that national organizations such as ERIC and the National Parent Information Network can help parents, and professionals who work with them, by supporting their information and resource needs. Parents AskERIC provides answers to parents' and professionals' questions related to parenting. A visual presentation of a parenting education spectrum included in the paper has been helpful in ensuring that responses to parenting questions remain within the scope and mission of these organizations. This spectrum graphic may also help communities identify the type of support they are providing and identify gaps in services. The spectrum identifies five types of services for parents: (1) resource and referral; (2) suggestions and strategies; (3) community programs; (4) formal instruction; and (5) counseling. ERIC and the National Parent Information Network provide the first three of these types of services. (Contains 11 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ERIC; National Parent Information Network; Parents AskERIC
Note: Paper presented at the Parenthood in America Conference (Madison, WI, April 18-21, 1998).