The manual combines research and guidance on best practices in family empowerment with the evolving field of implementation science. The manual also reinforces and expands on concepts introduced in the Center for States’ Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy (FELA).
Through family empowerment and leadership, new pathways are being paved for families and child welfare professionals to work in partnership to achieve positive outcomes. Child welfare agencies are turning to diverse programs and practices—family group decision-making, parent partner programs, and family consultation on policy development, among others—to engage families and increase family voice. While the evidence base continues to grow on what we know about such programs and practices, we also are learning more about how to implement them. By implementation, we mean the processes and activities involved in “putting into practice” programs and strategies and effectively managing change.