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  • We’ve been talking about the opposable mind, the human ability to hold – and use – opposing ideas to create innovative solutions to thorny problems. This panel will deal with several opposing ideas: families vs children, everyone vs targets, knowledge vs action. I’ll start by talking about what we know about families and what we do. Sometimes we don’t know enough and sometimes we don’t do enough or enough of the right things to get the result we want. Darrell and Jim will provide the real life example of New Jersey’s efforts to use some of these ideas. My job is to start us off with some basic information about what we know and what we do.

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  • 1. C E N T E R F O R T H E S T U D Y O F S O C I A L P O L I C Y focusing on families in systems built for kids
  • 2. Families Matter
    • Families are overwhelmingly important.
    • The younger the child, the more the family matters. Families:
      • Get and manage basic needs and services
      • Create the environment for development
      • Serve as both buffer and bridge between children and the outside world
      • Sustain and transmit values and traditions that give identity to children
  • 3. What helps families do their jobs? Sense of control over choices, being valued and able to make a difference; faith that all will be well Self confidence Nurturing parenting styles, effective communication and warm interactions among family members Positive family climate Education, expertise, and skills plus connections to extended family, neighbors, co-workers and friends Internal resources Economic security, housing, health care, other necessary resources are in place Basic needs Description Dimensions
  • 4. the protective factors framework Parental Resilience Social Connections Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development Concrete Support in Times of Need Social and Emotional Development
  • 5. Pediatric Practitioners CHCs Economic Assistance (TANF, WIC, Foodstamps) EI Child Care Centers Head Start Family Resource Center Others CBO’s Medical Home/ Access to Care Early Childhood Education/ Child Care Social & Emotional Development/ Mental Health Family Support Parenting Education EC System Needed Information, Resources, & Services Families Home Visiting Programs Subsidized Child Care
  • 6. Building Protective Factors with Families Early Care & Education Domestic Violence Children’s Mental Health Home visiting programs Child Welfare Family Resource Centers Targeted special needs programs Physical Health
    • Safety planning
    • Education
    • Screening
    • Shelter
    • Mental Health Consultation
    • Counseling
    • Assessment
    • Safety Plng
    • Substance Abuse trtmt
    • Home visits
    • Group activities
    • Primary healthcare
    • Health promotion activities
    • Parent/ child activities
    • Support Grps
    • Screening and assessment
    • Early intervention services
    • Parent Ed.
    • Counseling
  • 7. many kinds of program strategies build Protective Factors: MCH, special needs, family support, parent education, mental health, substance abuse, early childhood healthy families/ optimal development parental resilience social connections knowledge of parenting and child development concrete supports social emotional development
    • shifts in:
    • policy
    • resources
    • cross-system relationships
    • support structures
    • to support program implementation
    protective factors many programs state & national systems
  • 8. www.strengtheningfamilies.net Kate Stepleton 773-857-3653 [email_address] Center for the Study of Social Policy 1575 Eye Street, NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20005 (202) 371-1565 www.cssp.org