Frequently Asked Questions: Family-Centered Practice
Questions and answers
- What is family-centered practice?
Family-centered practice is a way of working with families, both formally and informally, across service systems to enhance their capacity to care for and protect their children. Family-centered practice includes a range of strategies, including advocating for improved conditions for families, supporting them, stabilizing those in crisis, reunifying those who are separated, building new families, and connecting families to resources that will sustain them in the future.
- Introduction to Family-Centered Practice: A Curriculum
- Family-Centered Practice and Practice Models
- National Resource Center for In-Home Services
Frequently requested information
- Frameworks for Family-Centered Practice (PDF - 2,949 KB)
Discusses key principles for family-centered child welfare practice and emphasizes the need to develop a practice framework built on the input of staff, community, and consumers of services.
- Practice Models
Offers links to State practice models.
- Family Engagement: A Bulletin for Professionals
Discusses benefits, ways to achieve meaningful family engagement, and examples of specific strategies.
- Comprehensive Family Assessment Guidelines for Child Welfare
Addresses the components of comprehensive family assessment, shows the linkages to service planning and service provision, and illustrates how child welfare agencies can support their use.
- National Center on Family Group Decision Making
Presents numerous resources on the importance of involving family groups in making decisions about children who need protection or care.
- Family Strengthening Policy Center
Produces research and materials to advance neighborhood-based, family-centered practices, programs, and policies.