An Overview of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support

National Family Support Network

Time: 2:30pm - 3:45pm ET

  • What does it mean to be a quality Family Strengthening and Support Program?
  • What common language can we use for working effectively with families?
  • How can Programs use the Standards to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Based on the Principles of Family Support Practice and the Strengthening Families Framework and its research-based evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors, the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support have created a common language across different kinds of Family Strengthening and Family Support programs such as Family Resource Centers, home visiting programs, and child development programs. They are used as a tool for planning, providing, and assessing quality practice by public departments, foundations, networks, community-based organizations, and families.

The Standards address 5 critical areas of practice for any Program or individual working with families - Family Centeredness, Family Strengthening, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Community Strengthening, and Evaluation - with 15 Standards, each with Foundational and High Quality Indicators and implementation examples. The Standards and all their implementation tools are available for free download here

More than 11,400 people have successfully completed the Standards Certification Training across the U.S. and Canada. Many more have been introduced to them through conferences, webinars, and downloading them online.

The National Family Support Network’s free Webinar Wednesdays series raises awareness of Family Resource Centers, Family Resource Center Networks, and the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.