When children are surrounded with secure relationships and stimulating experiences, they draw from that environment to become confident, caring adults. Find related organizations and tips and resources for strengthening marriages.
Child Welfare and Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education: A Research to Practice Brief
Schramm, Futris, & Bradley (2013)
Provides a summary of key research findings related to the child welfare field; describes how strengthening couple and co-parenting relationships encourages family stability, and consequently, child safety, permanence, and well-being; and explains how integrating healthy marriage and relationship education strategies into child welfare services can contribute to this.
Expanding the Family Circle
University at Albany, School of Social Welfare
Teaches a framework for the experienced caseworker to integrate a culturally competent family-centered approach to casework practice. The training offers skills and strategies for working with all members of a family system and includes a curriculum, activities, trainer's manual, and participant workbook.
Facilitating Forever: A Feasible Public Policy Agenda to Help Couples Form and Sustain Healthy Relationships and Enduring Marriages (PDF - 2,232 KB)
Hawkins & VanDenBerghe (2014)
Documents Federal and State policy experiments designed to help couples form and sustain healthy relationships and enduring marriages. It reviews the research to date on how effective these efforts have been, responds to legitimate concerns about them, and suggests how these policy efforts can be improved.
Five Years Later: Final Implementation Lessons from the Evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners
McKay, Lindquist, & Bir (2014)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, & RTI International
Shares findings from an evaluation of the Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners (MFS-IP), a program that funded services to support families in which one parent was incarcerated or recently released. This brief recognizes and responds to the impact of incarceration on families and the crucial role of family support in reentry success.
Scott, Hickman, Brown, & Faccio (2015)
National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families & Child Trends
Reviews federally and non-federally funded Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs serving Hispanic couples and fathers. The article includes a program guide accompanied by detailed profiles for each program and can be used to easily and quickly access information about them.
Improving Child Outcomes by Strengthening Couple Relationships (PDF - 1,249 KB)
National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network (2013)
Offers information for child welfare professionals on healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE), including recommendations on how to integrate HMRE into their work with families, highlighting when it may be appropriate.
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science
Includes information on communication for couples, marriage preparation, and resources for stepfamilies.
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (2015)
Offers articles, hot topics, and tips for couples who are dating, engaged, married, or parents.
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center
Helps individuals and couples who choose marriage gain the knowledge and skills necessary to build and sustain a healthy marriage.
The Supporting Healthy Marriage Evaluation: Early Impacts on Low-Income Families (PDF - 1,034 KB)
Hsueh, Alderson, Lundquist, Michalopoulos, Gubits, Fein, & Knox (2012)
Presents 12-month impact results from a demonstration designed to strengthen marriages among low-income married couples with children. Impact on family well-being is also examined.
Three Stages of Marriage
Victor William Harris (2015)
University of Florida IFAS Extension
Discusses the relationship stages couples experience and suggests general strategies couples can implement to be content in long-term marriages.
A Win-Win Partnership: MRE and Child Protective Services (PDF - 279 KB)
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (2010)
Provides advice on building partnerships between child protective services and marriage and relationship education (MRE) and incorporating child welfare services into MRE programs.