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NCJ Number: 193888 Find in a Library
Title: Family-Centered, Culturally Competent Partnerships in Demonstration Projects for Children, Youth, and Families
Author(s): Martha Kaufman
Corporate Author: Institute for Educational Leadership
United States of America
Project Director: S. Kwesi Rollins
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 47
Sponsoring Agency: Institute for Educational Leadership
Washington, DC 20036
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 99-JS-FX-0004
Sale Source: Institute for Educational Leadership
1001 Connecticut Avenue
Suite 310
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Technical Assistance
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This toolkit is designed to provide ideas and linkages to other resources that will increase the capacity of demonstration projects engaged in systemic reform efforts to partner with communities and families in the development of family-centered, culturally competent approaches.
Abstract: In promoting such cooperation and cultural sensitivity, the kit advises that the evidence is unequivocal that when youth and families are not a part of policymaking, planning, and program design, and when cultural issues are overlooked, available services are ineffective. The kit specifies the specific ways in which family involvement and cultural competence serve the goals of demonstration programs intended to help children, youth, and families. In one section of the kit, barriers to building partnerships between families and professionals are identified and proven strategies for addressing these barriers are described. The characteristics of effective family involvement in projects intended to help the family are outlined. First, providers communicate and share complete information with families in a manner that is practical, nonblaming, affirming, and constructive. Second, communication and planning emphasizes the strengths and assets of families, their neighborhoods, and communities in the promotion of competency and independence. Third, family members of children receiving services are fully included at the service, program, and system levels of all service system activities. Fourth, services are family-centered, as they support and assist families in their natural role as the primary caretakers of their children. Fifth, agency and organization governance structures promote inclusion of family members as key informants and full partners in program/system design and improvement. The kit also describes attributes of providers and systems that use culturally competent practices. This includes learning as much as possible about an individual's or family's culture; seeking neighborhood and community involvement, including community cultural leaders; incorporating the role of natural helpers from the individual's culture; and the tailoring of services to cultural traditions that relate to gender and age. The kit concludes with a three-step approach for addressing some common pitfalls in developing family and cultural partnerships. Appended tools and instruments, four case studies, a list of 20 annotated resources, and 36 notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Cultural influences; OJJDP grant-related documents; Parental influence; Youth community involvement
Note: Systems Improvement: Training and Technical Assistance Project, Toolkit Number 3
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