ERIC Number: ED352146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Family Support Programs and Comprehensive Collaborative Services: Overview of Family Support Programs.
Finger, John A.
This fact sheet begins with an overview of family support programs, which includes a discussion of the premises of family support programs and a list of typical program components. The remainder of the fact sheet focuses on one approach to family support, comprehensive and collaborative (C&C) services. The fact sheet underscores the need for service reform in light of the crisis-oriented and highly fragmented character and the inaccessibility of the current service system for at-risk families. It is argued that delivering family support services within a C&C framework can yield more effective results than separate uncoordinated services. The argument is based on the following tenets: (1) problems seldom occur one at a time; (2) forging supportive relationships is at the heart of the C&C process; (3) C&C services increase efficiency and effectiveness by promoting interagency awareness and ensuring better monitoring; (4) collaborative bodies are empowered politically by virtue of their collective clout; (5) C&C programs empower both the individuals and the families they serve; (6) C&C programs emphasize sustained change rather than temporary solutions; and (7) C&C programs provide a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and support services beyond the capacity of any single agency. Brief descriptions of five model programs (Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.; Denver Family Opportunity Program; Walbridge Caring Community Program; Tennessee Cares: Comprehensive Child Development Program; and Kentucky Integrated Delivery System) and five resource organizations are provided. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.