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Strengthening Families in Action


Strengthening Families implementation takes place at multiple levels – in programs, in larger agencies, in systems, in states and communities and at the national level. Learn more about what that implementation looks like and about the core functions of implementation that run across all of those levels.

Core Functions of Strengthening Families Implementation

At any level of implementation, attention must be paid to five core functions: building an infrastructure to advance and sustain the work; building parent partnerships; deepening knowledge and understanding of a protective factors approach; shifting practice, policy and systems to a protective factors approach; and ensuring accountability

Strengthening Families Summits

CSSP has convened four Strengthening Families Leadership Summits over the course of the initiative – in San Diego in 2007, in Atlanta in 2009, in Washington, DC in 2011 and in Chicago in 2014. We are not currently planning another Strengthening Families Summit. 

The 4th Strengthening Families Summit was held October 7-8, 2014, in downtown Chicago. More than 425 leaders from around the country had an opportunity to share their experiences implementing Strengthening Families and to learn from one another.

  • Themes and highlights of the summit: View slides, or listen to the recorded webinar, of a post-summit network call
  • Relive some of the fun with this slideshow of photos from the summit
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