ERIC Number: ED373864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Establishing Family Resource Programs.
Musick, Judith Smith; Weissbourd, Bernice
Fundamental changes in family life in recent decades have raised parental and familial stress to unprecedented levels. The result is increasing isolation and frustration among families, placing them at risk for a wide range of social problems. Public and private institutions have been slow to respond to the changes in family life, to the needs these changes have engendered, and to their potentially costly and long-term repercussions. The delivery of social services to families in the United States operates on a limited casualty-based, crisis-driven system, and resources are primarily devoted to treating existing, well-defined problems. In contrast, family support programs are grounded in a preventive approach, one that fosters the opportunity for parents to provide the best possible environment for their children. This booklet describes family resource programs and outlines the steps required to develop a program. The first part examines the need for family resource programs and discusses the goals and services, design, and unique qualities of family resource programs. The second part outlines 12 steps necessary to develop a program. These steps are: (1) forming a planning committee; (2) assessing needs; (3) choosing a program model; (4) setting the program's purpose, goals, and objectives; (5) choosing an administrative structure; (6) fundraising; (7) determining location; (8) selecting staff; (9) recruiting families; (10) providing child care; (11) developing the program; and (12) evaluating the program's progress. The booklet includes a checklist for use during program development and a listing of family resource programs. (TJQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, Chicago, IL.