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Principles Underlying Family Support
The philosophy of family support is based on nine principles of practice.
These principles describe good family support practice (Best Practices
- Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality
- Staff enhance families' capacity to support the growth and development
of all family members--adults, youth, and children.
- Families are resources to their own members, to other families, to
programs, and to communities.
- Programs affirm and strengthen families' cultural, racial, and linguistic
identities and enhance their ability to function in a multicultural
- Programs are embedded in their communities and contribute to the community-building
- With families, programs advocate for services and systems that are
fair, responsive, and accountable to the families served.
- Practitioners work with families to mobile formal and informal resources
to support family development.
- Programs are flexible and continually responsive to emerging family
and community issues.
- Principles of family support are modeled in all program activities,
including planning, governance, and administration.
Best Practices Project--Family Resource Coalition (1996).
Guidelines for family support practice. Chicago: Family Resource Coalition.
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