Serving the special needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and their families seeking services from the child welfare system will be covered in this workshop. The successful collaboration between Every Child, Inc. and Persad Center, Inc. will provide an example of a model for organizations interested in improving their response to LGBT youth and families.
Given the limited resources available to support individual organizations, funders and communities are looking more strategically at how they invest those resources to ensure maximum community impact. This need for efficient service delivery is even more important as the economic downturn drives more families into crisis. Collaborative efforts that can demonstrate a collective impact offer investors more bang for their buck. On the receiving end, families are more likely to be able to readily access the broader range of services necessary to strengthen families who face multiple barriers to success.
Collaboration with other area organizations is one of the most effective means for consistently meeting the financial, social, and safety needs of older adults. When utilized to its fullest potential, collaboration positively impacts clients and the organizations involved. It also creates a lasting impact on the surrounding community.
Collaboration has become more than a buzzword in the nonprofit sector. Collaboration is a necessity. Resources are becoming scarce and the needs of at-risk populations are growing. This has made it critical to maximize resources, leverage relationships with external partners, and become more innovative.
Community issues necessitate community solutions. A growing number of social service institutions are taking lead roles in assisting clients and community members in solving the broader social and economic issues they face. From advocacy training to client advisory groups, agencies and communities are working hand-in-hand to tackle tough problems. Learn how civic engagement is leading to improved conditions and quality of life for vulnerable children and families. This panel will be facilitated by the Alliance for Children and Families’ director of civic engagement, who will share how our national network has made significant progress in helping change systems. Panelists include senior leaders from Alliance member organizations in Louisiana, Illinois, and Nebraska, who will share specific ideas to strengthen practice in civic engagement.