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Partnering with and Supporting Families

ByBridget A. Walsh, Jennifer A. Mortensen

This chapter focuses on partnering with and supporting families in terms of parent-child interactions and child outcomes, human sexuality is also relevant for families. Human sexuality is an important component to parents’ health and wellbeing, but is also intertwined with family values, ethics, and religion. The chapter examines the Collaborative for Understanding the Pedagogy of Infant/toddler Development (CUPID) Competency Partnering with and Supporting Families. The CUPID expanded knowledge for partnering and supporting families is stated as: Expanded knowledge of variability in family circumstances and values evident in family interactions, routines, organizations, possessions and use of spaces. The helping relationship is the emotional and goal-oriented partnership that develops between the home visitor and the family. Home visitors must work to cultivate positive emotional responses and helping relationships while accounting for individual family circumstances and values. Cultural factors play a major role in how families acquire and allocate resources.