People Helping People: Partnerships Between Professionals and Natural Helpers

Building Community Partnerships in Child Welfare, Part Four

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2001

Summary

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.

Table of Contents

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