Child & Family Services
The Child and Family Services’ vision is to create a Child and Family Services division that enhances the families’ capacity to support the growth and development of the entire family – adults, youth and children.
Guiding Principles: CFS CARE
Community partners / leader / collaborator
Family-centered approach / values families and sees as integral to the program
Strengthening families’ framework / building protective factors
Cultural respect and individualization
Analyze data continuously and modify programs to ensure quality and address gaps in services
Relationship-based teaming and respect / inclusion of all family members
Evidence-based practices and everyday experiences
The Principles of Family Support Practice:
- Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and respect.
- Staff enhances families’ capacity to support the growth and development of all family members – adults, youth, and children.
- Families are resources to their own members, to other families, to programs, and to community.
- Programs affirm and strengthen families’ cultural, racial, and linguistic identities and enhance their ability to function in a multicultural society.
- Programs are embedded in their communities and contribute to the community-building process.
- Programs advocate with families for services and systems that are fair, responsive, and accountable to the families served.
- Practitioners work with families to mobilize formal and informal resources to support family development.
- Program are flexible and continually responsive to emerging family and community issues.
- Principles of family support are modeled in all program’s activities, including planning, governance, and administration.