Strengthened Families

About This Priority

Investments in proven family-focused programs can make families stronger and safer, allowing them to stay together and raise children in safe, loving environments. Proven prevention and family-preservation strategies delivered by community-based organizations can profoundly help children and families before a crisis or before more intervention is needed. Increased support and resources for kinship families can support families when there has been a removal, while also providing some normalcy and consistency for the child during a difficult time.

Invest in proven, community-driven prevention programs, including HOPES, Family Resource Centers, Community Youth Development, and Family and Youth Support.

Support family preservation services, including evidence-based programs for parenting skills, in-home wrap-around services, behavioral health, and substance use treatment.

Continue improvements to kinship licensing to provide more resources and support to families.

Increase utilization of post-adoption and post-permanency supports to provide stability and prevent foster care reentry.