Walking our Talk in the Neighborhoods; Family to Family Tools

Partnerships Between Professional and Natural Helpers, Part Three

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 21, 2001

Summary

Professionals and bureaucrats alone have not been able to solve the problems facing our foster care families and children. Family foster care must be: (1) tailored to the individual needs of children and their families, (2) rooted in the child’s community or neighborhood, (3) sensitive to cultural differences, and (4) able to serve many of the children now placed in group homes and institutions. This paper outlines how to achieve these goals with help from people at the local, neighborhood level. 

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Key Takeaway

It takes more than just skill to help families and children in the foster care system

Professionals and bureaucrats alone have not been able to solve problems facing our child welfare families. We must include more people, more skills and more resolve at more levels if we are going to make a true difference. That’s why forging partnerships with natural helpers at the neighborhood level may help professionals turn the tide. 

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