Every person is born into a family, and all of us are stronger when we have the support and love of a family, be it a family of birth, a family of choice, and/or a community of people bonded by a commitment of love to be family to each other. The Focus on Prevention Initiative is building a movement to strengthen Stanislaus County families, and the neighborhoods and communities, schools and businesses, and other institutions that help them thrive. This movement emerged from a passion among leaders to support our county’s families, and a deep concern about how many of our children are growing up without the active support and engagement of their fathers and other loving adults.
Ultimately this effort will grow to strengthen and support all families in Stanislaus County. To start, however, we want to engage a relatively small number of families so we learn how to build effective strategies of prevention that involve all ten sectors. We will learn from these beginning efforts and then expand to additional families across the county. The first population we will engage in this effort is “individuals who are, or have been engaged in the juvenile and criminal justice systems, their families, and families that have been directly affected by their actions.”
As has been true for the Homelessness Action Council, the Strengthening Families Action Council will develop a common agenda and high level action plan for this effort, and then to support the implementation of the priority strategies across the ten sectors. The Stewardship Council has developed the overarching results areas for the Focus on Prevention Initiative. Unlike a business, where everyone understands that success is measured by profit and shareholder value, one of the first tasks of this movement is to clarify what success means, and how we will measure it. This movement is driven to achieve and sustain four results our families and communities: