ERIC Number: ED440184
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Walking Our Talk in the Neighborhoods: Partnerships between Professionals and Natural Helpers. Building Community Partnerships in Child Welfare, Part Three. Family to Family: Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
The Family to Family initiative has encouraged states to reconceptualize, redesign, and reconstruct their foster care systems. By 1996, the initiative was being implemented in five states, five Georgia counties, and Los Angeles County, California. This paper describes some of the ways natural helpers can assist professionals achieve the necessary changes to foster care systems. Natural helpers located in a neighborhood are likely to understand the problems and cultural issues better than people who do not live in the neighborhood. They can be more committed to solving problems because the challenges affect them personally. Relationships with the natural helpers within a community can help professionals build connections and work with families. There are many difficulties in establishing relationships with natural helpers, but the benefits outweigh the problems. Two appendixes list activities of natural helpers and tools professionals can use in teaching natural helpers. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.