09 Jan
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Case Study: Coalition Building

Community healthy marriage initiatives have developed throughout the past decade with different goals and objectives.1 Most are spearheaded by a community- or faith-based leader who brings likeminded people together with the common goal of strengthening marriage in their community. This Case Study examines a statewide approach to delivering healthy marriage and relationship education (MRE) through […]

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09 Jan
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How to Partner With Existing Social Service Systems. How-To Guide

Government touches the lives of families in many ways. Because of the complexity of governmental organizations, community- and faith-based organizations may be reluctant to partner with government, especially to deliver marriage/relationship education services (MRE). This guide is intended for practitioners who are familiar with operating an MRE program and are interested in exploring collaboration with […]

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Making Distinctions Among Different Types of Intimate Partner Violence: A Preliminary Guide

In May 2009, the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC) and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) co-sponsored the conference “”Toward a Common Understanding: Domestic Violence Typologies and Implications for Healthy Marriage and Domestic Violence Programs”” at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The conference brought together a diverse set of 35 […]

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09 Jan
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A Win-Win Partnership: MRE and Child Protective Services

Many social service programs share common goals although they may vary widely by funding stream, service delivery strategy and/or target population. The marriage and relationship education (MRE) field and the child welfare system both strive to strengthen families and improve child outcomes. MRE practitioners may want to consider building partnerships with child protective services (CPS) […]

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Selecting Partner Referral Organizations

This tip sheet will provide guidance on 1) what a partner referral organization is, 2) why partner referral organizations are important, and 3) what you should look for in selecting partner referral organizations. (Author abstract)

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Collaborating Within State Government to Support Healthy Relationships: Tips for State Administrators

There is a large spectrum of government services and programs that can be included in healthy marriage programs. The natural and immediate thoughts go to the human services field; however, there are many other areas that offer opportunities for healthy marriage/relationship programs. These include corrections and criminal justice, juvenile justice, health programs (including Medicaid and […]

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A Win-Win Partnership: MRE and Child Support Enforcement

The nation’s Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program is a federal/state/tribal/local partnership to promote family self-sufficiency and child well-being. In most states, approximately half of all child support orders are established and enforced by a federal and state financed child support enforcement entity known as the IV-D program (from Title IV-D of the Social Security Act). […]

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A Win-Win Partnership: MRE and Head Start

Marriage and relationship education (MRE), Head Start and Early Head Start are all educational programs that help strengthen families and promote child well-being. Recognizing this, the National Head Start Association and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) created a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2008 to provide a framework for collaboration between ACF Healthy […]

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Connecting With the Business Community

There are many opportunities for those in marriage education to work with the business community. Marriage education practitioners may want to partner with businesses to solicit monetary donations for program operations, in-kind donations or to incentivize participation (if their grant allows). Others would like to provide healthy marriage and relationship education services to a company’s […]

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Developing Media Relations

The success of every healthy marriage initiative depends on getting the word out about the program. One strategy for building awareness is to develop relationships with local media personalities. A few recognizable faces or voices promoting you in the community can be an asset to your program. Remember, however, that a spokesperson’s reputation and relationship […]

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