Practice Guide

This guide is one of several tools within the Foundation’s Family to Family Initiative established in 1992 to reconceptualize, redesign and reconstruct foster care systems. It explores non-traditional partnerships in Pierce County, Washington to achieve an interconnected web of neighborhood hubs that support families.

January 1, 2001

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Methods for developing, testing and implementing family supports through diverse neighborhood partnerships.

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    Partnership roles based on the unique strengths, values and needs of the neighborhood

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    How to improve parenting capacity.

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    How to evaluate progress toward more effective service delivery systems in neighborhoods.

Key Takeaway

Achieving Neighborhood Self-Actualization

People Helping People participants and other helpers benefited the whole neighborhood in this staged approach toward family self-sufficiency--from addressing physical safety, family sustenance and overall well-being--through gradual neighborhood bonding where individuals and families help one another as problems arise.

Stages of Neighborhood Self-Sufficiency

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations