National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
The Director's Corner
February is celebrated as Black History Month. This February is
particularly significant as 2014 also marks the 50th Anniversary of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964. This hallmark legislation prohibited
discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national
In honor of Black History Month, the Resource Center is excited to
invite you to participate in a free live Expert Panel webcast,Working with African American Individuals, Couples and Families.
I will be moderating this live panel discussion on Thursday, February
20, 2014, at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST. I will be joined by nationally
recognized experts including:
Charisse Johnson, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Family Assistance
Rozario Slack, The Legacy Campaign
Tera Jordan, Iowa State University
Kenneth Braswell, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
Nisa Muhammad, Wedded Bliss
Register here for the free webcast.
In addition to joining us for this live webcast, you might consider
inviting colleagues or community leaders to gather for a group viewing
followed by discussion of local issues. However you choose to honor
Black History Month, I hope you will take this opportunity to generate
discussion as it relates to better serving not only African American
individuals and families, but other diverse groups in your communities.
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
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Despite changes in family and community structures over the
years, extended family members play an important role for many families,
including African American and Latino families. Extended family members
often provide benefits such as enhancing children’s racial or ethnic
identity, maintaining social connectedness, and providing respite child
care. See Working with African American Individuals, Couples, and Families: A Toolkit for Stakeholders and Working With Latino Individuals, Couples, and Families: A Toolkit for Stakeholders for more information.
Although many African American and Latino families share in these
rich cultures, it is important to remember that all families are unique
in their individual experiences, complexity, and circumstances.
Building an effective client-provider partnership based on mutual
respect will enhance service delivery and increase the likelihood of the
family’s success in reaching its goal of self-sufficiency.
The Resource Center's Virtual Library
more than 700 materials in a variety of formats including fact sheets,
research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets, training
resources, program reports or evaluations, and research materials.
Select the links below to view our featured February resources:
- Working with African American Individuals, Couples, and Families (Toolkit)
This toolkit uses a backdrop of significant historical events as a
foundation for understanding perspectives, improving communication, and
strengthening relationships with those in the African American
community. This toolkit is grounded in current research and draws on the
experience of practitioners to provide practical suggestions for
engaging and serving this population, particularly for incorporating
healthy marriage and relationship education skills into service delivery
systems as part of a comprehensive family-centered approach to
- Dispelling the Myth: Black Couples Are Not Interested in Marriage (Fact Sheet)
This fact sheet highlights the reality of seven common myths about
black marriage. The aims in doing so are twofold: (1) to provide
accurate information concerning demographic trends in black
relationships among low-income persons, and (2) to share strategies
safety-net service providers may use to encourage their clients to
participate in healthy marriage and relationship education programs.
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
- Working With African American Individuals, Couples,
and Families: Expert Panel Webcast, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 1:00 PM
- 2:30 PM EST:
The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families is
excited to invite you to participate in a free live Expert Panel webcast
on Working with African American Individuals, Couples and Families.
This moderated discussion will bring together nationally recognized
experts and practitioners to address cultural competencies, discuss
strategies to improve services, and highlight free resources to support
you and your agency in your efforts to strengthen families.
Register here for the free webcast.
- National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Forum 2014 in Washington, DC, March 29-31, 2014:
NAWB is the national association representing 650 State and local
workforce investment boards. The Forum is NAWB's signature event,
attracting nearly 1,200 business leaders and workforce professionals
from across the nation: This year's theme is Dialogue for Workforce Excellence.
This Forum will bring leaders from workforce organizations, economic
development, education, business, and others together to meet these
challenges head on and to work together to Dialogue for Workforce
Excellence. The Forum will be held March 29-31, 2014, at the Washington
Hilton in our nation's capital. The National Resource Center will be
exhibiting at this event.
- 2014 International Conference on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking in Seattle, WA, April 22-24, 2014:
This event, sponsored by End Violence Against Women International
will focus on bringing together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors,
victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis
workers, medical personnel, faith community members, educators, and
others in this three-day conference highlighting promising practices and
emerging issues in sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. The
National Resource Center will be exhibiting at this event.
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
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.