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Community-Based Family Support


Community-based family supports enhance community capacity by expanding resources and establishing cultural norms that foster collective responsibility for positive child development.


For a discussion of the context for Community-Based Family Support (CBFS) approaches; an exploration of CBFS initiatives’ focus, logic model, and design; and summary of lessons about designing, implementing, and evaluating CBFS initiatives, see Casey Family Programs’ “Community-Based Family Support: Exemplars with Implementation and Evaluation Strategies”:

Tribally adapted
  • Child perceived as problem by parents
  • Exposure to conflict or violence (family or otherwise)
  • Exposure to stress
  • History of child abuse and neglect/Use of corporal punishment
  • Parental temperament
  • Substance abuse
  • Access to health and social services
  • Adequate housing
  • Build trust and confidence in community
  • Community support when faced with challenges
  • Concrete support for parents
  • Parental resilience
  • Safe community focus
  • Access to services
  • Community involvement/participation/contribution
  • Connecting with cultural resources
  • Education
  • Family commitment, safe and healthy relationships
  • Support (family, friends, community)/interdependence