Policy Briefs


The Family Strengthening Policy Center serves as a focal point for research, information dissemination, and advocacy on place-based, practice-driven family strengthening practices, programs, and policy.

A central information tool of the Center are policy briefs. These practice-driven policy briefs highlight emerging, promising, and proven practices in the field of family strengthening. Developed in close collaboration with human service practitioners, advocates, community builders and researchers, these briefs are intended to serve as a tool for advancing the family strengthening approach as a model that works and produces meaningful results for families and communities.

Recent Briefs

Brief No. 25 — Policy, Coordination Gap for Children and Families Identified: "New Lens," Concrete Actions Recommended

Child, youth and family development experts convened by the National Human Services Assembly (National Assembly, NHSA) this spring concluded that the "silos" of children, youth and families hinder the nation's ability to effectively serve any of the three and should be bridged. The conclusions and recommendations of the gathering, which included representatives of more than forty national human service, education and community development organizations, are presented in a just-released white paper, "Through a New Lens: Toward a Fundamental Reframing of 'the Client." The paper suggests that the current economic crisis, and the hardship it imposes on families, make the case for fundamental change, now. Read full brief»

Brief No. 24 — Family Strengthening Writ Large: On Becoming a Nation That Promotes Strong Families and Successful Youth

This new brief from the Family Strengthening Policy Center suggests “macro” strategies for changing the culture, from one that may “value” family but which has practices and policies that do not reflect that value.  Family Strengthening Writ Large is intended as a high-level synthesis of what we have learned through researching a variety of specific topics.  Further, it is intended to spark discussion and from that to move us to focusing on how we can, individually and collectively, and in partnership with low-income families, help make the family fundamentals a strong reality for the vast majority of families. Read full brief»

Brief No. 23 — Home Visiting: Strengthening Families by Promoting Parenting Success

Childhood success begins with parenting at its best.  Home visiting can strengthen families facing parenting and child-rearing challenges.  As an early childhood intervention, home visiting aims to enhance parenting, link at-risk families to community resources, and help prepare young children for kindergarten.  Several home visiting models can produce considerable positive effects and net savings over the long term.  To enable home visiting programs to consistently deliver services with the highest quality, governments, the research community, and other community sectors must increase their support.  In return, home visiting agencies must take steps to strengthen outcomes. Read full brief»