All families are unique in their individual experiences, complexities, and circumstances. Safety-net service providers must take their clients’ differing perspectives and experiences into consideration to build a trusting and supportive environment.
The following free Resource Center resources will be helpful for service providers seeking to increase and develop their capacity to work with couples and families in a variety of circumstances.
Family Group Decision Making: Building and Reinvigorating Relationships (PDF, 391 KB) is a fact sheet that introduces the idea of positioning the extended family to lead key decisions about their children when they have come to the attention of a public institution. This strategy allows family groups and agency representatives to forge common understandings and solutions to difficult situations and has been used with success by child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and TANF service providers.
Providing Healthy Marriage Education to Clients With Lower Literacy Skills (PDF, 227 KB) is a tip sheet for safety-net service providers who are delivering or considering teaching marriage and relationship skills to individuals with lower literacy abilities.
Expand an item below to view resources that will be helpful for service providers seeking to increase and develop their capacity to work with foster and adoptive families, justice/reentry, military families, and/or refugee and immigrant families.