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An Overview of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support

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An introduction to the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.

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What does it mean to be a quality Family Strengthening and Support Program?

What common language can we use for working effectively with families?

How can managers, direct service staff, and families work together to develop and sustain quality programs?

For answers to these questions and more, please join us to learn more about the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.

Based on the Principles of Family Support Practice and the Strengthening Families Framework and its research-based evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors, the Standards have created a common language across different kinds of Family Strengthening and Family Support programs such as Family Resource Centers, home visiting programs, and child development programs. They are used as a tool for planning, providing, and assessing quality practice by public departments, foundations, networks, community-based organizations, and families.

The Standards address 5 critical areas of practice for any Program or individual working with families - Family Centeredness, Family Strengthening, Embracing Diversity, Community Building, and Evaluation - with 17 standards, each with minimum and high quality indicators and implementation examples. The Standards and all their implementation tools are available for free download here.

More than 8,800 people have successfully completed the Standards Certification Training in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Many more have been introduced to them through conferences, webinars, and downloading them online.

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National, state, and local policymakers, public departments, Children's Trust Fund staff, private funders, Family Support and Strengthening Network leaders and representatives, Family Support and Strengthening Program management staff

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This webinar is part of the National Family Support Network's Webinar Wednesdays series.

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