Effective solutions to reduce family homelessness and lift families out of poverty must address a myriad of structural, individual, and sociocultural influences. This requires a shift away from an adult focused, single generation model, to a two generation, family-centered approach that is trauma-informed. The goal of services is to:
- Enhance and strengthen parenting skills
- Build economic self-sufficiency
- Address health or mental health needs for all family members.
In family-centered assessments, the needs of all family members are considered. Adults are viewed as parents first. Child development is assessed in relation to the parent’s functioning. In families with young children, a parent’s desires and wishes for the family guide the process.