Principles Of Family Support - La Familia

Principles of Family Support

  1. Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and respect.
  2. Staff enhance families’ capacity to support the growth and development of all family members – adults, youth, and children.
  3. Families are resources to their own members, to other families, to programs, and to communities.
  4. Programs affirm and strengthen families’ cultural, racial, and linguistic identities and enhance their ability to function in a multicultural society.
  5. Programs are embedded in their communities and contribute to the community-building process.
  6. Programs advocate with families for services and systems that are fair, responsive, and accountable to the families served.
  7. Practitioners work with families to mobilize formal and informal resources to support family development.
  8. Programs are flexible and continually responsive to emerging family and community issues.
  9. Principles of family support are modeled in all program activities, including planning, governance, and administration.

Source: Family Support America

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Premises of Family Support Programs

  • Primary responsibility for the development and well-being of children lies within the family, and all segments of society must support families as they rear their children.
  • Assuring the well-being of all families is the cornerstone of a healthy society and requires universal access to support programs and services.
  • Children and families exist as part of an ecological system.
  • Child-rearing patterns are influenced by parents’ understandings of child development and of their children’s unique characteristics, personal sense of competence, and cultural and community traditions and mores.
  • Enabling families to build on their own strengths and capacities promotes the healthy development of children.
  • The developmental processes that make up parenthood and family life create needs that are unique at each stage in the life span.
  • Families are empowered when they have access to information and other resources and take action to improve the well-being of children, families and communities.