• January 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 1

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Family Engagement Across Disciplines

Family engagement is recognized as a core ingredient to success and improved outcomes for children and families across the human services and education fields. Child Welfare Information Gateway, the information service of the Children's Bureau, is developing an interactive Family Engagement Inventory (FEI) microsite that will be launched in 2014. This dynamic site will focus on family engagement in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, early childhood education, and education. The FEI will highlight how family engagement is defined and implemented across disciplines and aims to promote understanding and cross-system collaboration by providing practical information to those working directly with families, managing programs, and leading systems.

The FEI will provide information and resources on the definitions, themes, benefits, and evidence-based practices of family engagement for each human services field, as well as offer information and resources on strategies for the following:

  • Practice level: Methods, plans of action, processes, and/or policies designed for frontline staff to enhance or achieve family engagement
  • Program level: Links to various family engagement programs and/or methods of family engagement used by agencies
  • System level: Concepts, methods, plans of action, processes, and/or policies designed to assist agencies and systems engage families

Professionals can use the FEI to compare themes, approaches, and resources; explore commonalities across fields; and access links to useful and valuable information and websites.

Look for the FEI in 2014 on Child Welfare Information Gateway's website:

https://www.childwelfare.gov/

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