Family Support, Definition(s) of

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Family support is enlisted by parents: a constellation of formal and informal services and tangible goods that are defined and determined by families. It is “whatever it takes” for a family to care for and live with a child or adolescent who has an emotional, behavioral, or mental disorder. (Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, 1992, p. 1), or more broadly a physical, sensory or developmental disability.  For employed parents, Friesen has identified another goal of family support: to provide “comprehensive care for a child with a disability and assistance to the entire family, while helping parents and other caregivers function as productive and responsible employees” (Friesen, Brennan, & Penn, in press). (Brennan & Rosenzweig, 2008)

Glossary Source: 

Brennan, E.M, & Rosenzweig, J.M. (2008, May). Parents of children with disabilities and work-life challenges: Presentation summary. Presented at the Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network Panel Meeting, Chestnut Hill, MA.