National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
All families experience stress. For low-resource families, these
stressors and their impact can be even more complex and problematic;
even escalating to emotional or physical abuse. Successful prevention
and intervention hinges on understanding the dynamics of a specific
family and knowing what information and resources are available in your
community to support that family.
The Resource Center's new Family Violence Prevention Tool Kit referenced in the Featured Resources
section below can be a great resource for social service providers to
better understand how issues of family violence can hinder family
functioning and efforts to achieve self-sufficiency. More importantly,
it offers ideas for being supportive while keeping safety at the
We hope these free resources are helpful to you as you work to strengthen families and improve the lives of children.
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
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In support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, this month's tip section
identifies facts and resources to address one of the most frequently
asked questions: "I mostly work with single moms. Healthy marriage and
relationship education doesn't apply to my work, does it?" The answer:
"Yes, it does!"
- FACT: Nonresident parents—and their relationship
with the other parent—play an important role in their children's healthy
functioning. Healthy relationship skills (e.g., communication, conflict
management) apply to co-parenting relationships. Learn more from our virtual library
- FACT: "Single parents" are not really single; they are
unmarried. Many are dating, in a committed relationship, cohabitating,
rearing their children with help from another family member, and/or want
to be in a healthy, committed relationship. All of those situations
involve present or future intimate relationships, model relationship
skills for children, and impact the health, safety, stability and
self-sufficiency of the family. See Healthy Dating Leads to Healthy Marriage for more facts and tips.
- FACT: High conflict in the home and intimate partner
violence negatively impact a child's functioning. While relationship
education is not a safety intervention; it is part of holistic
preventive services that support a wide range of individuals in having
the skills and knowledge to identify unhealthy relationship signs and
make healthy, informed relationship decisions. The Resource Center's
free, online course, Strong Relationships, Strong Families: Introduction to Healthy Relationship Education Skills for Stakeholders teaches more about the preventive benefits and methods of integration.
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
has collected more than 500 materials in a variety of formats -
including factsheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets,
training resources, program reports or evaluations, and research
Click the link below to view our featured April resources:
The Resource Center's Events Calendar
offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national,
regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming
- This month, the Resource Center is convening the West Virginia Integration Institute-
a one day training event for safety-net service providers across the
State of West Virginia. Attendees will have an opportunity to share
information regarding their agencies' current efforts to promote
relationship skills; participate in facilitated discussions regarding
healthy marriage and relationship education skills and integration
strategies; and engage in consensus building and action planning
activities. This event is by invitation only. However, if you would like
more information on upcoming institutes or to organize an event in your
state or area, please contact us.
- 40th Annual Head Start Conference, April 30- May 3 in Oxon Hill, MD:
The NHSA's 40th annual Head Start conference will delve into the 'how'
of implementing the expectations that were set in their earlier sessions
at the OHS Leadership Institute, which supports the use of data by Head
Start leaders to promote school readiness and inform quality
improvement. The National Resource Center will be exhibiting at this
Feedback and Technical Assistance:
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to request Technical Assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
To learn more about the Resource Center visit us at www.healthymarriageandfamilies.org
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
supports safety-net service providers as they integrate healthy marriage
and relationship education skills into service delivery systems as part
of a comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach
designed to promote self-sufficiency.