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.
Community partners are vital in helping children and families maintain familiar contact
Findings & Stats
There is no substitute for strong families to ensure that children grow up
to be capable adults.
The ability of families to raise their children is inextricably linked to
conditions in communities where they live.
Community partnerships refers to the relationships between the
public child welfare agency (PCWA) and external (or potential) stakeholders.
Statements & Quotations
Many social workers also report experiencing less stress because they are not working in isolation, telling us that personal relationships with community members deepen and enhance their work in meaningful ways.
[Community members ] are the best recruiters in their own neighborhoods and communities; they know their streets, businesses, meeting halls, faith-based gatherings, and so forth. They also can suggest language for recruitment materials to fit the cultural groups targeted for recruitment.