By Paul S Dilorenzo, for Imprint News, September, 1, 2021
Most of what I write for The Imprint is about family support and primary prevention programming. Like many of my colleagues, I frequently distinguish between “upstream” and the “deep-end” activities of the child welfare system, which is a shortcut description of what we perceive and then, how we function.
It serves our purpose for partializing our work. However, I’m sure we would all agree that this might not be the perception of the families we serve, many of whom are in fluid stages of crisis and disequilibrium.
What if the front end/deep end framing is misleading? Suppose those differences are less about specific service delivery strategies and more about an organization’s philosophy, culture, as well as its decision-making and parent engagement process. It’s not where we connect to kids and families that distinguishes our approach, it’s how that makes the difference.