Family by Family is a network of families helping families.
Family by Family links up families with things in common to change the things they want to change. Families who have been through tough times and come out the other side are linked to families that have things they want to change.
Family by Family is a completely voluntary program for families wanting a link up and some support to change:
Dr Gill Westhorpe from Community Matters undertook an evaluation of Family by Family in 2011 and focused on whether Family by Family creates change for families and also how it creates change.
The report's key findings include:
Family by Family is a relatively new model of practice, however the theory behind the practice is well established. Family by Family draws on the literature around family strengths and protective factors. It also builds on the literature of what makes an effective parenting intervention and the best strategies for helping families overcome stress and trauma.
The only criteria for Family by Family is that the family has a child or young person (<18) living in the home or is working towards having a child or young person reunified and the family wants to work towards change.
A referral is not required to participate in Family by Family. Organisations and workers can refer clients to Family by Family by contacting email@example.com. Families can self-refer to Family by Family.
Family by Family is part of TACSI, an independent organisation that is not political, government or religious.