Standards of Quality for
FAMILY STRENGTHENING & SUPPORT CERTIFICATION
The HOSN adopted The Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support in 2021. They are the first and only standards in the country to integrate and operationalize the Principles of Family Support Practice with the Strengthening Families Protective Factor Frameworks and its research-based evidence-informed Five Protective Factors. The vision is that their implementation will help ensure that families are supported and strengthened through quality practice.
The Standards Certification Training, developed by the National Family Support Network (NFSN), is provided virtually by NFSN Member Networks in their geographic areas. The HOSN is the only organization in Hawaiʻi trained and authorized to conduct this training. The Certification Training is designed for all management and direct service staff, as well as for funders. Teams of Executive Directors, Managers, Coordinators, and Direct Service staff are highly encouraged to participate together because each has a key role to play in implementing the Standards effectively.
Participants who successfully complete the training received a certificate from the NFSN that is valid for two years.
Parent Advisory Committee
Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees – An active Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) can be a highly effective method of ensuring meaningful parent engagement, developing parent leadership skills, and supporting a Program’s success. The National Family Support Network has developed a unique 2-half-day virtual training for Program staff to maximize the great potential of Parent Advisory Committees. Whether Programs are exploring setting up a new Parent Advisory Committee, or seeking to strengthen an existing one, this training will provide staff with the strategies and tools to develop an effective one.
The training is co-trained by a NFSN staff person who has developed successful Parent Advisory Committees and an experienced National Parent Leader who has served on various Parent Advisory Committees, modeling and reinforcing the effectiveness of staff-parent partnerships. Each time the training has been offered, 95-100% of training participants have indicated it was effective or very effective in enhancing their knowledge and skills about developing and sustaining effective parent advisory committees and felt prepared or well-prepared to develop and sustain them.
Protective Factors Framework
The Strengthening Families approach and protective factors framework is a research-informed, strengths-based approach that prevents child abuse and neglect by focusing on the well-being of all families and helping families identify and build on their own protective factors. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation funded the original research with the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) in 2003. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation also funded the Alliance to engage its network of state children’s trust funds to demonstrate unique and innovative ways to implement the protective factors framework.
The HOSN is working towards certifying trainers in the Children Trust Fund Alliance’s national curriculum, Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life In Your Work to offer this training here in Hawaiʻi.