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  of Public Health
  Columbia University
  722 West 168th Street,
  8th Floor
  New York, NY 10032











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NOTE: as of April 17, 2007, the Free to Grow program has closed.
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Principles of Family Support Practice

Family Support

The Principles of Family Support Practice are as follows:

  1. Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and respect.
  2. Staff enhance families' capacity to support the growth and development of all family members-adults, youth and children.
  3. Families are resources to their own members, to other families, to programs, and to communities
  4. Programs affirm and strengthen families' cultural, racial and linguistic identities and enhance their ability to function in a multicultural society.
  5. Programs are embedded in their communities and contribute to the community-building process.
  6. Programs advocate with families for services and systems that are fair, responsive, and accountable to the families served.
  7. Practitioners work with families to mobilize formal and informal resources to support family development.
  8. Programs are flexible and continually responsive to emerging family and community issues.
Principles of family support are modeled in all program activities, including planning, governance, and administration.

(Adapted from information on the Family Support America website, 2002, http://www.familysupportamerica.org/, and used with the permission of Family Support America)








 

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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.