Practice Guide

Using case studies and examples from sites around the country, this guide provides practical advice and tools for developing a strategic communications program to garner media coverage and support for the Family to Family initiative.

December 30, 2000

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    What the public knows and believes about child welfare issues.

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    How to develop and leverage effective relationships with the media.

  3. 3

    How to select and prepare families for media interviews.

  4. 4

    How to prepare for and manage communications during a crisis.

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    What kinds of opportunities exist for media partnerships.

Key Takeaway

Developing A Strategic Communications Plan Can Help Shape Public Opinion And Engagement On Child Welfare

Unless they or a close acquaintance have had a personal experience with the child welfare system, most members of the public have little understanding of what is involved with protecting children. Cultivating relationships with relevant media outlets and proactively pursuing opportunities for families to tell their stories can help inform the public and engage them in efforts to effect needed system reforms.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations