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February 2007Vol. 8, No. 1The Value of Social Networks

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the first three of five publications in its series on the importance of social networks. The series explores the lessons learned from the foundation's Making Connections initiative.

  • Tapping the Power of Social Networks: Understanding the Role of Social Networks in Strengthening Families and Transforming Communities lays the foundation for the series by presenting an overview of the benefits of strong social networks for families, as well as relevant definitions and key findings from research literature.
  • Ties That Bind: The Practice of Social Networks presents findings from site visits about the efforts of families, communities, and organizations to promote social networks.
  • Relationships Matter: How Agencies Can Support Family and Social Network Development reports on lessons learned about social networks through visits with families.

The reports are available on the Annie E. Casey website: