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Cultural and Special Circumstances

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Visit our Library for more free related and family-related resources in variety of formats. View library resources on cultural and special circumstances or use the search form to find information on a particular topic.

In a country as culturally diverse as the United States, there is no one-size-fits-all model for relationship education. As safety-net service providers strive to help individuals and families move beyond poverty to achieve self-sufficiency, we offer tools and strategies to facilitate open, respectful exchanges of information between service providers and clients.

Research shows that well-designed relationship education programs are effective for diverse populations. Individuals and couples from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all socioeconomic levels, can benefit from developing and strengthening healthy relationship skills. Safety, stability, and happiness are universal goals for families. When implemented effectively, relationship education can link community agencies and organizations in partnerships to reach potential participants and share resources while working toward common goals of family stability and self-sufficiency.

Need help finding appropriate curricula? The Resource Center’s Guide to Free and Low-Cost, Research-Based Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Curricula for Safety-Net Service Providers (PDF,1 MB)  has information on free and low-cost curricula that are suitable for various special populations. You can also take a free tutorial of the guide in our Virtual Training Center.

Visit our Fostering Cultural Competency and Special Circumstances pages to learn about resources available to help you strengthen cultural competency and develop your capacity to work with couples and families in a variety of circumstances.