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Family Engagement, Family Preservation and Support

Family engagement is a prerequisite for helping the family achieve its goals. Key elements include:

- Listening to each family member
- Demonstrating respect and empathy for family members
- Developing an understanding of the family's past experiences, current situation, concerns and strengths
- Responding to concrete needs quickly
- Establishing the purpose of involvement with the family
- Being aware of one's own biases and prejudices
- Validating the participatory role of the family
- Being consistent, reliable and honest
- Engaging and involving fathers and paternal family members
- Engaging kinship families

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