Building Partnerships with Neighborhoods and Local Communities

Building Community Partnerships in Child Welfare, Part One

Posted January 1, 2001
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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As part of the Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care series, this document summarizes how Family to Family grantees created partnerships in the community as a way of improving child welfare services. The report presents information about how traditional child welfare approaches vary from a community partnership model, ways to improve possible negative perceptions communities may have about child welfare, the establishment of geographically-defined areas to improve service delivery and how community services can be used for children and families. A few Family to Family grantees are used as examples to demonstrate how the suggested approaches might be implemented. 

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Key Takeaway

Community Partnerships Require Changing Service Delivery

Working with communities requires child welfare agencies to make important changes in their service delivery systems. Decisions about children will need to be made collaboratively with community partners while processes will require more flexibility to accommodate community factors and a larger number of stakeholders. The service delivery framework also must focus on strengths rather than deficits of a family and the community.