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Family Strengthening Through Integration and Scaling of Asset-Building Strategies: The ASSET Initiative Environmental Scan Report.

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U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services.
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This report discusses the findings of an environmental field scan conducted from January to March 2013 to explore strategies for strengthening families by helping them build financial security. The report provides an analysis of trends in integrating asset building that emerged through the field scan; recommendations for “Promising Practices” the federally funded ASSET Initiative Partnership (AIP) should pursue further; and ideas for technical assistance support and tools. Through the environmental field scan the following factors were found to contribute to the successful integration of asset-building strategies: program goals are paramount, finding and cultivating the right champions, addressing capacity issues, finding, communicating, and collaboration with local resources, and finding appropriate messages for families. The challenge of finding funding to integrate asset-building strategies is also discussed, and recommendations for promising practices and AIP tools are made. 7 figures and 3 references.

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