ERIC Number: ED423982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov-30
Reference Count: N/A
Marin City Families First: Implementing a Program To Improve the Lives of Families.
Bremond, Deborrah; Piske, Beth; Scott, Bonnie
Marin City Families First (MCFF) is an intervention program providing intensive home-based support and services to at-risk families, through family advocates, to help them stabilize their lives and increase their ability to provide safe, healthy environments for their children. Comprised of case studies of three MCFF families and their family advocates, this document describes the roles of the family advocate and program director and explores the challenges of providing comprehensive support to families and service agencies through MCFF intervention. The first family detailed in this report comprises a couple who are raising their grandchildren because the children's mother has been recently released from jail and is attending a drug recovery program. The second family comprises a single mother with three children who worked with the MCFF program to move from a life of drug dependence and despair to one of stability and self-reliance. The third family comprises a woman who is battling addiction and trying to rebuild her relationship with her husband. The case studies highlight the role of the family advocate in providing advocacy, warmth, caring, and counseling during critical times. Also described is the program director's role, which focuses on assisting community agencies in providing comprehensive services to families and children, providing clinical coordination of the cases, serving as a listener, a supporter, and a problem-solver for the family advocates as they support families. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California