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Think Nationally, Act Locally: Families and Human Rights

By Mary Jo Katras, Program Leader — Family Resiliency

This year’s annual National Council on Family Relations conference had the theme “Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century.” This theme is relevant to the work we do every day in Family Development, and we were excited to have the opportunity to present our work to a national audience.

Here is an overview of what we presented, who presented it, why it’s important, and where on the FD website you can learn more.

Communicating Research to Inform Practices and Policies on Incarceration

Who: Rebecca J. Shlafer, Sara E. Langworthy, Sara J. Benning
What: Presentation
So what: An estimated 1.75 million children in the U.S. had a parent in a state or federal prison in 2007 (Maruschak, Glaze, & Mumola, 2010). Chances are, you have had such a child in one of your classes or worked with parents who have been incarcerated. The more we understand the challenges, the better we can serve these audiences.
Learn more: Parental Incarceration and Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration videos and eReview.

The Cultural Providers Network: Building Community-provider Linkages

Who: William Allen, Cari Michaels
What: Presentation
So what: Building and sustaining a network of diverse communities and organizations with a special interest in culture and ethnicity in order to promote policies, practices, standards and research will improve the health — including behavioral health — of children and their families and communities.
Learn more: Cultural Providers Network (CPN) background.

Mental Health and Human Rights: Building a New Approach That Reaches Everyone

Who: Cari Michaels, Deborah Cavitt
What: Presentation
So what: A public health approach to children’s mental health helps us to improve the mental health of all Minnesota children and families, not just those with diagnoses.
Learn more: Children’s Mental Health as a Public Health Issue video and discussion guide (and more).

Keeping a Coparenting Program Viable & Sustainable

Who: Sharon Powell, Ellie McCann, Jenifer McGuire, Eugene Hall, Susan Quamme, Emily Becher, and Kate Welshons
What: Poster symposium
So what: Our programs are dynamic and it our job to keep them viable and sustainable by keeping up-to-date on new research and practice, adapt to changing audiences’ needs, reflect on our teaching, and making decisions on how we can be most effective through program delivery.
Learn more: Parents Forever™ website.

Parenting In an Age of Overindulgence – The Development of an Online Course

Who: Ellie McCann, Becky Hagen Jokela, Brianna Routh, Kelly Kunkel, Lisa Krause, Jean Illsley Clarke, David Bredehoft
What: Roundtable and resource exchange
So what: Overindulgence is giving children too much of anything that can delay their development, and can happen in households of any income level. It's important for parents and caregivers to identify and prevent overindulgence in their homes so that children can grow up to be thriving adults.
Learn more: Parenting in the Age of Overindulgence website

Creating Engagement through “Wrap Arounds”

Who: Ellie McCann, Anita Hering, Sara Croymans, Robert Bertsch, Vickie LaFollette, Mary Jo Katras, Karen Shirer
What: Paper presentation
So what: More and more education is shifting to online platforms. This Military Family Learning Network team is innovating ways to make that online education as engaging as possible and to extend the learning beyond just webinars.
Learn more: Wrap Arounds: Extending Learning Beyond the Webinar blog post

Latino Families and Schools Partnering for School Success

Who: Silvia Alvarez de Devila, Kathleen Olson, Patricia Olson, G. Ali Hurtado
What: Paper presentation
So what: Families, schools, and communities all play an important role in children's school success. To give Latino children and families the best chance possible, we’re helping to bring these three critical components together.
Learn more: Partnering for School Success programs and resources.

Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Revise RentWise Curriculum

Who: Becky Hagen Jokela, Lori Hendrickson
What: Paper presentation
So what: Having stable housing means having a stable environment where parents and children can thrive. RentWise helps individuals and families understand the process to become successful renters.
Learn more: All things RentWise.

Lori Hendricks explaining at NCFR why their team chose the community-based participatory research process.

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