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Families and Communities Having a Say
Our center is founded on the firm belief that families and communities fare best when they have a say over their affairs. We have cemented people “having a say” into all aspects of our work. Since the start of the Center in 2008, we have joined with family, community, and government partners to encourage inclusive approaches in making plans, setting policies, evaluating performance, and studying outcomes. During the Center’s first five years, we focused primarily on engaging families and youth in decision making over their own affairs. In our subsequent four years, we continued this focus while expanding our efforts to promote community-based strategies for change.
“Our center is about democratizing practice and policy to support thriving families and communities. I am so very proud of what we have accomplished together.”
Founding Director and Professor of Social Work