Across the country, Family Support and Strengthening organizations work with families in a multigenerational, family-centered approach to enhance parenting skills, foster the healthy development and well-being of children, youth, and families, prevent child abuse, increase school readiness, connect families to resources, develop parent and community leadership, engage males and fathers, support healthy marital and couples relationships, and promote family economic success.
Georgia became part of the national network in 2018 and has since been working to grow a family support network within Georgia.
The Georgia Family Support Network uses the Standards, developed by the National Family Support Network, to train and provide technical assistance to programs in Georgia to:
- Define what it means to be a quality Family Strengthening Support Program
- Teach common language that can be used for working effectively with families
- Provide support for managers, direct service staff, and families to work together to develop and sustain quality programs
The Standards integrate and operationalize the Principles of Family Support Practice with the Strengthening Families’ 5 Protective Factors. This framework creates a common language and expectations across different kinds of Family Strengthening and Family Support programs, such as Family Resource Centers, home visiting programs, and child development programs.
- Help ensure that families are supported and strengthened through quality practice
- Provide a structure for further professionalization of the Family Strengthening and Support field
- Are designed to be used by all stakeholders as a tool for planning, providing, and assessing quality practice
- Create a common language and expectations across different kinds of Family Support programs
Value and recognize families as integral to the program
Family strengthening approach to support families to be strong, healthy, and safe.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Respecting families’ diversity and engaging in ongoing learning and adaptation to diversity.
Facilitating social connections, developing families’ leadership skills, and collaborating with partners.
Looking at areas of strength and opportunity, for continuous quality improvement.
Applications of the Standards
Family Strengthening and Support Programs
Networks of Family Strengthening and Support Providers
Direct Service Staff
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