Why Standards? The California Family Strengthening and Support Standards are designed to be used by family support providers for planning, providing, and evaluating quality services and activities and to be implemented with the support of networks, public departments, private foundations, families and communities.
Objectives • Effect positive change • Have a common language • Recognize effective Family Strengthening and Support programs • Position programs for funding and policy • Develop Standards that are flexible and inclusive
California Network of Family Strengthening Networks Standards Committee • Members represent Networks across the state of California • Support from SH Cowell Foundation, OCAP • Subject matter expertise from San Francisco Family Support Network and CSSP
Standard Committee Members • Santa Barbara • San Francisco • Tahoe/Truckee • San Joaquin • Orange • Humboldt • Family Resource Center Network of California • California Family Resource Association • Strategies Local Networks Statewide Networks
Standards Applications • Flexible with Multiple Uses, for example: • Self Administered • Participant Satisfaction • A way to tell the story about quality practice for programs and funders • Used for Training and Support
Foundational Frameworks Family Support Principles and the Strengthening Families Approach, with its 5 Protective Factors, are woven throughout the standards.
Foundation: Family Support • The premise is that primary responsibility for the development and well-being of children lies within the family • All segments of society support families as they raise their children.
Key Elements of the 9 Family Support Principles • Foster the optimal development of children, youth, and adult family members. • Relationships based on equality and respect • Strengthen parent-child relationships and support parent to be good nurturers and providers. • Public Private Partnerships—flexible, responsive, do what is needed!
Strengthening Families – Guiding Principles • All families have strengths • All families need support • Focus on protective factors that all families need
The Protective Factors Framework Parental Resilience Social Connections Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development Concrete Support in Times of Need Social and Emotional Competence of Children
Sections • Family Centeredness • Family Strengthening • Diversity • Community Building • Evaluation
Standards Structure • Standards, Indicators, Examples • Arrows • Italics • Glossary
Family Centeredness, Family Strengthening, Diversity and Community Building Sections High Quality Indicator Minimum Quality Indicator - Formal Structure - Staff Training - Family Involvement
Evaluation Section - Data Analysis - Sharing out Evaluation Results - Program Modification - Capacity for Evaluation Integration Minimum Quality Indicator High Quality Indicator
Implementation Example San Francisco Family Support Network • Training • Evaluation • Membership http://sffsn.org/family-support-standards/
Questions for Exploration and Feedback • Do the Standards and their Section Introductions reflect the values of and approaches to Family and Community Strengthening? Comments? • Are the Minimum Quality indicators appropriate as a basic expectation for all FSOs? Comments? • Do the High Quality Indicators reflect a level of excellence for our field? • Do you see Family Strengthening Organizations, including your network members, in the examples? Comments? • Please identify any terms that you think should be further defined in a glossary for the larger audience?
Timeline • October 28, 2011 • November 10, 2011 • January 15, 2012 • Present Version 2 to CNFSN Standards Committee Incorporates Feedback – creates Version 3 • Version 3 sent to Networks with talking points to present to members • Networks submit feedback to committee DATE ACTIVITY
Timeline • January 31, 2012 • February 15, 2012 • March 2012 • Spring 2012 • Standards Committee incorporates feedback – creates Version 4 • CNFSN vote to ratify Standards • Implementation plan complete • Funder Engagement Meeting DATE ACTIVITY