Social service agencies are a crucial part of the safety-net for families struggling to gain or maintain economic stability. Yet all too often, these agencies are not equipped to address relationship and family issues as part of their routine service offerings. The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families (Resource Center) helps agencies develop the capacity to promote healthy relationship skills in a way that meets both their needs and those of the families they serve.
As a service of the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we support the integration of healthy marriage and relationship education into targeted safety-net service delivery systems as part of a comprehensive strategy to strengthen families and promote family self-sufficiency.
We offer the following, free-of-charge:
- innovative strategies to help create a plan that meets your agency’s strengths, needs, and capacity;
- in-person and virtual trainings for agency staff and leadership;
- expert-led webinars and a monthly newsletter highlighting new research and best practices;
- an online library, with Resource Center publications and resources from the field in a variety of formats;
- multi-media resources, including videos and podcasts; and
- technical assistance for interested stakeholders.
About the Resource Center Team
The Resource Center team collectively offers a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to meet your training and technical assistance needs. Our staff has
- experience in fields including research, program design and implementation, organizational development, policy analysis, public-private partnerships, and strategic planning; and
- expertise in healthy marriage, family strengthening, parenting, asset building, family safety, child welfare, social justice, workforce development, anti-poverty, and more.
We believe that healthy marriage and relationship education is a central component of supporting families in their efforts to achieve economic, emotional, and social stability. Our goals are to
- foster collaboration within and across State, Tribal, and Local safety-net service delivery systems to provide more coordinated and holistic services to children and families;
- equip administrators and direct service providers with new tools, training, and skills that will help them to best meet the needs of clients who seek support with their marriages or relationships;
- provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities for State, Tribal, and Local safety-net stakeholders and organizations to share and learn cost-effective strategies that have proven effective at strengthening families and moving clients toward self-sufficiency; and
- promote and encourage effective healthy marriage and healthy relationship education integration strategies.
Contact us for additional information or free technical assistance.