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- My Voice Matters
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- Strengthening Families
Seven Program Strategies
The Strengthening Families framework is full of ideas to help you bring intentionality to building protective factors as a natural part of what you do.
Here are the seven strategies for strengthening and deepening your work.
- Facilitating friendships and mutual support--Helping parents to connect with each other and develop social networks.
- Strengthening parenting--Providing guidance, role modeling, and information on parenting and child development, including special support around children’s challenging behaviors.
- Responding to family crises--Noticing family stress, listening, making referrals, and/or mobilizing other parents to provide support as needed.
- Linking families to services and opportunities--Making and following through on referrals, maintaining relationships with service providers, and sharing community information with families.
- Facilitating children’s social and emotional development--Providing a nurturing and caring environment, using a structured curriculum for social and emotional development, teaching parents to support that development and respond to challenges, and observing and responding to signs that development is not on track.
- Observing and responding to early warning signs of child abuse and neglect--Consistent monitoring of child health and family stress, immediate outreach at signs of stress, clear protocols for staff response, and trusting relationships with social service and mental health agencies.
- Valuing and supporting parents--Making all family members feel welcome, involving parents and caregivers in decision-making at all levels, and providing many opportunities for participation.