The Whole Family Approach

The Whole Family Approach

The Whole Family Approach is a family-led strategy which provides adults and children with the tools to set, plan for, and achieve their goals together.

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The final results are in…

Primary Outcome: Families who engage in a Whole Family Approach experience significant improvements in healthy relationships, financial stability, and child well-being.

We have learned that supporting families requires focusing both on individuals’ needs and the whole family’s needs. Treat the family unit as the client. Coaches work with individual family members while also considering the family’s needs. Coaches guide families in strengthening their internal communication.
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“The evaluation data indicates that families who participated in the Whole Family Approach had stronger family relationships, a reduction in financial challenges over time, and improved educational outcomes and aspirations. Another key finding was the flexibility of the Whole Family Approach and of the non-profit organizations implementing the Approach, as they were able to tailor the services and support they provided to families and children in the communities they served.”

Mavis Asiedu-Frimpong, Director of the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs

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Improving Family Well-Being

Too many of America’s working, low-income families are one crisis or one paycheck away from falling into poverty. Use the Whole Family Approach to equip families with the tools and social support to strengthen their relationships, establish stability and plan for the future together.

Whole Family Approach
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Learn how to implement the Whole Family Approach so your organization can start the vital work of partnering with the adults and children in your community.
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Impact of the Whole Family Approach
The Whole Family Approach is preventive rather than crisis-driven.
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The Whole Family Approach

Strong families are essential to the well-being of children, adults and the community. The Whole Family Approach is a family-led strategy that provides adults and children in the family with the tools to set, plan for, and achieve their goals together. The approach was founded by the Pascale Sykes Foundation. To learn more about the foundation and their work, click here.

Many of the current social service systems approach family well-being from an individualistic, fragmented, and crisis-oriented perspective. The Whole Family Approach facilitates collaboration between agencies, connecting families with multiple resources they can use to achieve their full potential.

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