Facts About: How Families and Professionals Can Build Winning Partnerships
Vermont Parent Information Center
This factsheet outlines ways for families and professionals to overcome some the most common barriers to successful partnerships in order to truly meet the needs of children and their families. Strategies include: (1) link parents with others who have had similar experiences; (2) give families on-going information and opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills; (3) use the school guidance counselor or a social worker as a family support person; (4) begin conversations or meetings with positive statements about the child; (5) recognize and respect parents as experts on the subject of their child; (6) welcome parents' questions and encourage their participation in all meetings or discussion concerning their children; (7) create an atmosphere in which families' cultural traditions are acknowledged and honored; (8) parents can try to attend all meetings having to do with their children; (9) parents can let professionals know they expect to take an active part in making decisions regarding their children; and (10) parents can keep in touch with professionals and tell them when they are doing a good job as well as when things aren't going well. Additional recommendations are providing for helping families with transportation and child care problems.
Vermont Parent Information Center. Facts About: How Families and Professionals Can Build Winning Partnerships (1998). Vermont Parent Information Center: , VT.
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