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2003 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 9, No. 1
October 2003

A Foundation for Family-Centered Practice

  • Families know more about their situation than anyone.
  • Families can formulate their own goals and build their solutions.
  • Families tend to maintain solutions they create.
  • Families are doing the best they can in difficult situations.
  • Family strengths can be enhanced; change can happen.
  • Families are our partners and need our support.
  • Families can enhance and improve the well-being of their children, with assistance and support.
  • Safe solutions will be found in partnerships among parents, workers, supervisors, and other community partners.
  • Families have a right to be supported in their efforts to improve their children’s well-being.
  • Most children can be protected by their parents.
  • Child protection must also focus on family protection.

Source: Berg & Kelly, 2000

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