The Atlantic Street Family Center is founded on the Principles of Family Support Practice developed by Family Support America.

Those principles are:

  • Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and respect.
  • Staff enhance families’ capacity to support the growth and development of all family members – adults, youth & children.
  • Families are resources to their own members, to other families, to programs and to communities.
  • Programs affirm and strengthen families’ cultural, racial, and linguistic identities and enhance their ability to function in a multicultural society.
  • Programs are embedded in their communities and contribute to the community-building process.
  • Programs advocate with families for services and systems that are fair, responsive, and accountable to the families served.
  • Practitioners work with families to mobilize formal and informal resources to support family development.
  • Programs are flexible and continually responsive to emerging family and community issues.
  • Principles of family support are modeled in all program activities, including planning, governance, and administration.