ERIC Number: ED365410
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Children by Strengthening Families: A Look at Family Support Programs.
Allen, MaryLee; And Others
By strengthening families' ability to nurture their children physically, emotionally, and intellectually, family support programs increase the likelihood that children will grow up healthy, safe, and successful. This report provides child advocates and others who work for children's well-being a clearer idea of what family support programs do, how they operate, and why they are effective. The first of the report's three parts lays out the basic principles of family support, traces its historical and disciplinary roots, and contrasts the family support approach with traditional social services. The second part describes a variety of family support and parent education programs in action, along with other types of programs that have added a family support or parent education component. The final section examines the challenges involved in establishing successful and lasting family support programs and discusses the importance of incorporating family support principles into other human service systems. The report concludes with recommendations for steps that must be taken at the federal, state, and community levels to implement community-based family support programs that will help parents nurture and protect their children. The report includes 23 selected resources and a list of the programs mentioned in the report. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Child Health, Child Rearing, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Early Childhood Education, Family Programs, Family (Sociological Unit), Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Parents, Program Descriptions, Social Services
Children's Defense Fund, 25 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.