Level 1: Basic Engagement

Sharing facts about the importance of healthy marriage and relationship skills is a good starting point for basic engagement. Basic engagement strategies include giving brochures to clients or placing handouts in waiting rooms.

The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families has created easy to use integration strategies to help agencies that are interested in incorporating healthy marriage and relationship education into existing service delivery systems. No matter the resources that are available, we are here to help because integrating healthy marriage and relationship education into safety-net services will strengthen the families in your community.

Basic engagement involves distributing information on healthy relationship skills to colleagues and clients within your existing service delivery structure. This type of integration is a low-cost approach to increasing public awareness and a great way to begin a dialogue.

Depending upon your agency’s service delivery system, basic engagement could include:

  • placing tip or fact sheets in a waiting area;
  • handing out tip or fact sheets during client meetings or consultations; and/or
  • distributing tip or fact sheets to colleagues at in-service trainings, staff meetings, community meetings, or agency-sponsored town hall events.

By sharing this information on healthy relationship skills, you and your agency will be providing participants with basic information and tools they can use to strengthen their relationships and families.

The following free Resource Center tip sheets will help service providers discuss each relationship skill with the families they serve:

The following free Resource Center tip sheets are companion handouts for families on each of the healthy relationship skills:

Our tip sheets for service providers and families are also available in Spanish:

Additional tip sheets for service providers and families:

  • Tip Sheets for Parents and Caregivers (PDF, 2.5 MB) is a set of 21 tip sheets from the Child Welfare Information Gateway to help service providers offer guidance to parents and caregivers on specific issues, while supporting factors known to protect families from the risk of child abuse and neglect.

Visit our Library for more free relationship- and family-related resources in variety of formats. Use the search field to find information on a particular topic or use the links below to find different resources for clients:

Still looking for more information? Check out our online and in-person training options.  All our training materials are research-based and free.  We can help provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to begin the integration process.

Ask us for help! Our team is available to answer any specific questions or provide free assistance as you begin integrating healthy marriage and relationship education into your service delivery system. Just complete a Training and Technical Assistance request form to begin the process.