The Premises of Family Support Practice
- Family Support America
1. Primary responsibility for the development and well-being of children lies within the family,
and all segments of society must support families as they rear their children.
2. Assuring the well-being of all families is the cornerstone of a healthy society, and requires
universal access to support programs and services.
3. Children and families exist as part of an ecological system.
4. Child-rearing patterns are influenced by parents’ understandings of
child development and of their children’s unique characteristics,
personal sense of competence, and cultural and community
traditions and mores.
5. Enabling families to build on their own strengths and capacities promotes the healthy
development of children.
6. The developmental processes that make up parenthood and family life create needs that
are unique at each stage in the life span.
7. Families are empowered when they have access to information and other resources and
take action to improve the well-being of children, families, and communities.
Family Support America is the national resource organization for the theory, policy, and practice of family support.