The Principles of Family Support Practice
- Family Support America
1. Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and
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
9. Principles of family support are modeled in all program activities, including
planning, governance, and administration.
Family Support America is the national resource organization for the theory, policy, and practice of family support.