Marco Beltran, Family and Community Partnerships Specialist at the Office of Head Start, summarizes the key points of this lesson on partnering with families in homeless situations. Select the video [00:01:25] | Read the transcript
Key Points About Partnering With Families
In this lesson, you listened to stories of families who experienced homelessness. They described their situations and how Head Start offered support. You also heard from the Head Start family advocate and the home-based educator who worked with the Andersen and Villavicencio families. They described how they partnered with families and the strategies they found to be important, such as:
Providing compassionate support and letting the families know they were not alone;
Encouraging and validating their strengths;
Helping set priorities;
Identifying resources and helping them access community agencies;
Providing comprehensive services; and
Ensuring continuity of care and consistency in personnel working with them.
Families experiencing homelessness are facing a crisis and may not be able to handle situations as they usually do. In the introductory video, I described the anxiety-ridden responses of families in crisis as defined by Doctors Howard and Libbie Parad. In this lesson, think about Kim and Dora and how they considered these anxiety-ridden responses as they worked with families in homeless situations.
In a similar manner, we must be receptive, responsive, and respectful in our working with families.