Family Resource Programs: Values, Evidence and Challenge

Emily Gardiner


Family resource programs are community-based initiatives that offer multidisciplinary services and resources to families with the aim of helping them to maximize their potential. Programs serve individuals who demonstrate a range of needs, and employ personnel who work from a strengths-based, empowerment-promoting perspective.  It is believed that adopting such a philosophy will promote the healthy development of the entire family system.  The author discusses the historical basis and theoretical underpinnings of current family resource models, and provides a review of current research.  Program elements identified as most effective are highlighted, and parents’ preferences and frustrations are discussed.  In doing so, critical practical and theoretical challenges are identified, and suggestions regarding essential areas for future inquiry are made.

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Canadian Journal of Family and Youth / Le Journal Canadien de Famille et de la Jeunesse
2008-2014 | ISSN 1718-9748