2004 Jordan Institute
9, No. 3
Points from this Issue
- Collaboration between Work
First and child welfare offers many potential benefits to families,
workers, and agencies.
- Successful collaboration
often requires overcoming various interpersonal, historical, and programmatic
- Confidentiality is not
a legitimate barrier to collaboration between Work First and child welfare
because both programs are housed within the same agency.
- Increasing the amount of
time professionals from different programs actually spend working with
each otherattending the same meetings, visiting families together,
and co-developing plansmay be the single most effective strategy
for promoting collaboration.
- Other strategies agencies
have used to overcome barriers to collaboration include child and family
team meetings, cross-training, and innovative intra-program protocols.
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