Premisis of family support
1. Primary responsibility for the development and well-being of children lies within the family, and all segments of society must support families as they rear their children.
2. Assuring the well being of all families is the cornerstone of a healthy society, and requires universal access to support programs and services.
3. Children and families exist as part of an ecological system.
4. Child-rearing patterns are influenced by parent’s understanding of child development and of their children’s unique characteristics, personal sense of competence, and cultural and community tradition and mores.
5. Enabling families to build on their own strengths and capacities promotes the healthy development of children.
6. The development processes that make up parenthood and family life create needs that are unique at each stage in the life span.
7. Families are empowered when they have access to information and other resources and take action to improve the well being of children, families and communities.