2002 Jordan Institute
7, No. 4
Cultivating a More Family-Centered Approach
Any professional can begin to provide more family-centered child welfare services, with or without the implementation of the multiple response system. Traditionally, child welfare has been child-focused. With the shift to family-centered practice, the family is intricately involved in the intervention. The belief that the best approach to protect children is to strengthen families acknowledges that there are times in the lives of families when they may encounter difficulties because of the stress of poverty, inadequate housing, substance abuse, domestic violence, mental illness, or other challenges.
To help professionals make this shift, they must understand the essential components of family-centered practice in child welfare:
For a look at how these family-centered components are put into practice, see A Snapshot of Family-Centered Practice.