Building Community Partnerships, Step by Step

Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care

Posted December 5, 2005
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This practice guide presents step-by-step strategies for cementing relationships between public child welfare social workers and the neighborhood residents and organizations that can help when a child must be placed outside of the home. The manual presents Family to Family terminology, rationale, implementation techniques and benefits for using community partnerships to decrease disruption and keep kids in familiar territory. 

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Community partners are vital in helping children and families maintain familiar contact

Community partners possess critical perspectives on the neighborhoods and cultures from which the children come.They bring needed skills and contacts, and can help to increase local awareness of issues, such as child abuse and neglect, that lead to out-of home care. Partnerships within the community can offer support and neighborhood services to birth families, kinship care providers and resource families.