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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does FSS include services for individual family members as well as the family as a whole?

Services are available to individuals as well as to families as a whole, but when one member of a family receives services, the entire family often benefits. FSS addresses the family as a whole and strives to assist all of its members.

2. Is FSS a support or a service?

FSS is both a support and a service, based on specific principles and including certain components about family-community relationships. Families and communities are interdependent, in that successful families are the building blocks of successful communities. Prevention of problems within individual families will also benefit the welfare of the community on the whole. Traditionally, individual family support services and programs have been self-identified.

3. How can FSS be made universally available to all families as well as targeted to specific high-risk families?

FSS is intended to prevent problems for all families, but limited resources prohibit funding for universal services. When necessary, FSS resources can be targeted to a particular geographic area or demographic group, such as teen parents. Ideally, some free services are made available to all families in a community and those who need more assistance are directed to the services they need.

4. Can a family become too dependent on FSS?

The nature of FSS is to empower families to develop skills and build support networks. All families need help and support from their communities. FSS builds upon strengths and is intended to be utilized for as long as a family needs it. Families do not become dependent upon FSS, rather they work in conjunction with FSS to provide nurturing and caring environments for their children.

5. What can a family do if its needs exceed the scope of FSS?

The providers of FSS help families to assess their needs and their success in each of their goals. Often FSS staff members and families develop deep, long-term relationships. If an FSS worker determines that the family needs more help or if the family requests more assistance than FSS can provide, the worker can help the family to connect with an organization that can better meet their needs.

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