Applying the Family Support Standards


Whether you are setting up a new program or strengthening an existing one, the Family Support Standards provide a blueprint for implementing best practice.

How can we work with families most effectively?

What does it mean to be a quality Family Strengthening and Support program?

How can managers, direct service staff, and families work together better?

This full-day certification training on the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support details how the Principles of Family Support Practice and the Strengthening Families Approach, with its research-based, evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors, can be applied together to enhance work with families.

Who should come?

  • SFFSN Member agencies
  • Management and direct service staff in the Family Support and Strengthening field.
  • Teams of Executive Directors, Managers, Coordinators, and direct service staff are highly encouraged, because each has a key role to play in implementing the Standards effectively.
  • Program officers and contract managers in the Family Support and Strengthening field

Topics covered:

  • Overview of the Principles of Family Support Practice Overview of the Strengthening Families Approach and its 5 Protective Factors
  • Family Centeredness -- How can we develop and implement a program that is centered on the needs of families?
  • Family Strengthening -- How can we help families to build upon their strengths for achieving success?
  • Embracing Diversity -- How can staff and families embrace the many facets of diversity?
  • Community Building -- How can Programs and families build strong communities?
  • Evaluation -- How do we know how well our Programs are serving families?

    • Each Standard includes indicators of both minimum quality and high quality. Meeting the Minimum Quality indicators will create a Family Support program with a solid base.

      > The Minimum Quality indictors demonstrate the basic application of the Standard.

      > The High Quality indicators build upon the Minimum Quality indicators being met first.


      Programs are encouraged (?) to strive to meet the High Quality indicators in order to serve families most effectively.

      The Standards are designed to be implemented within a reasonable scope of resources of a Family Support program, which may include leveraged resources from other providers.

      Successful application of the Standards requires commitment and training of all levels of Program responsibility – Executive Directors, Managers, Coordinators, Direct Service Staff, and Families. Each has a key role to play.



      The SFFSN is committed to providing technical assistance and training to its members to support their successful implementation of the Standards including:

      • Family Support Standards Certification trainings
      • Workshops on promising and best practices for member-prioritized topics related to the Standards
      • Individual coaching and confidential technical assistance support for Standards application.
      NEW! To download the latest copy of the Standards, go to: http://www.cnfsn.org/standards-of-quality.html

      Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support Certification Training

      The SFFSN regularly provides a full-day certification training on the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.