Integrating Systems

All children and families need safe places to live, including adequate shelter, violence-free neighborhoods, nutritious food, clothing, access to health care and opportunities for education and positive community engagement. And parents need opportunities for meaningful employment. Services and supports must be coordinated so that families with the greatest challenges do not have to leap through multiple hurdles to get the help they need to care for their children.  Families should be able to get a range of supports whether they turn to their pediatrician, child care provider, school, community center or social services office.  There should be no "wrong door." Public agencies and community-based providers need to collaborate to provide a seamless web of support.  CLASP works to identify and highlight promising approaches to integrating the multiple systems that touch the lives of vulnerable children and families and to identify, develop and advocate for policies that facilitate such integration.

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