CSSP’s work in communities is guided by a long-standing commitment to the authentic involvement of constituents - residents, families, community leaders, parents and youth - as expert advisors in change.
Constituents Co-Invested In Change work advances the belief that service, system, policy and community improvements are most effective and sustainable when the people are fully engaged as partners and leaders.
The organization works to ensure that community residents have ample opportunities to invest their time, talent and leadership in change efforts in their communities and neighborhoods. Parents are seen as critical co-investors in the design and delivery of services, resources and system improvements intended to help them and their children.
CSSP is a national leader in helping build the capacity of residents to test, assess and ultimately improve services they receive from social, human and family service agencies. This effort to embed “customer satisfaction” into service delivery – especially in disinvested neighborhoods – exemplifies CSSP’s commitment to lifting up authentic voices of those individuals and families.
Rise Magazine recently worked with CSSP to develop From Rights to Reality: A plan for parent advocacy and family-centered child welfare reform. This "bill of rights" provides 15 rights parents being investigated by the child welfare system have. Rise trains parents to write about their experiences with the child welfare system in order to support parents and parent advocacy and guide child welfare practitioners and policymakers in becoming more responsive to the families and communities they serve.
The toolkit is a quick and easy guide to help support and sustain parent engagement. It provides how to’s for implementing three powerful strategies communities can use to maintain and grow parent engagement work that is already underway.