ERIC Number: ED401020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Family Support Practice.
Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.
Family support programs have proliferated in many different settings in response to an increasing emphasis in the public policy arena on a family support strategy. These guidelines for effective family support practice represent the consensus of family support practitioners as assessed in focus groups with over 2,000 staff and parent participants. Chapter 1 of the guide, "The Family Support Story," discusses the need for family support, the development of the family support movement, and family support premises and principles. Chapters 2 through 6 present guidelines and key practices related to the following general areas of practice or themes identified in the family support principles: (1) relationship building; (2) enhancement of family capacity; (3) affirmation of diversity; (4) programs in communities; and (5) program planning, governance, and administration, Each practice chapter provides an introductory overview, guidelines for practice, and challenges in practice. The bulk of each chapter is devoted to guidelines for translating a principle into practice. The guidelines are practice goals, with key practices described as the actions necessary to achieve these goals. Practice examples from actual programs illustrate the application of the various strategies described. Chapter 7, "Looking to the Future," discusses how guidelines for family support can inform practice, training and education of family support workers, research and evaluation, and public policy. Three appendices contain recommended resources, describe the study's methodology, and delineate the premises and principles of family support. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Children, Family Needs, Family Programs, Guidelines, Policy, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Evaluation
Family Resource Coalition, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 16th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604; telephone: 312-341-0900; fax: 312-341-9361.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, Inc.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: Family Resource Coalition, Chicago, IL.