Introduction to the 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.

Since being issued by the California Network of Family Strengthening Networks in 2012, and adopted by the National Network of Family Support and Strengthening Networks in 2013, these Standards are being used across the country by public departments, foundations, networks, community-based organizations, and families.

Based on the Principles of Family Support Practice and the Strengthening Families Framework and its research-based evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors, they 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.

More than 7,900 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. The Standards, implementation tools, and more information can be found here.

You can view a 14 min video that articulates the connection between the Strengthening Families Protective Factors and the Standards here.

Who Should Participate:

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


  • Andrew Russo, National Family Support Network

Webinars Wednesdays

This webinar is part of the National Family Support Network's Webinar Wednesday series. More information about the NFSN's virtual events may be found here.

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