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Families Matter

The Family Assets® framework takes Developmental Assets to a deeper level. Also developed by the Search Institute by building on the Developmental Assets, these assets are the everyday interactions, values, skills and relationships families can focus on to help them thrive. In good times and challenging times, children, teens, parents, and other family members all play a part. Search Institute’s Family Assets Framework

Halton professionals also have a role in engaging families in our work.  Families are an integral part of helping kids thrive. Let’s look to the research for best practices when engaging families.  Search Institute has identified six shifts in how schools, youth programs and coalitions think about family engagement.  How is your organization doing?

These strengths are more commonly associated with young people’s well-being than the family’s structure, income, education, immigrant status, community type, and other demographic factors. Furthermore, they are present in all types of families, and all types of families can be more intentional about nurturing them. Everyone in the community benefits from strong families. Below are ideas on how we can all build assets to better connect to and support families.

For more information and support for parents, visit

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Generous funding for the
Our Kids Network Asset-Building Initiative