Family involvement in school is linked to better outcomes for children. Wediko facilitates strong partnerships between schools and families. Wediko works with schools to develop culturally appropriate, trusting relationships with families through the following strategies:
- Extensive parent outreach, including in-person meetings at the school, home visits, phone contact, and focus groups;
- Family events, including parent workshops, community-building events, and parent-to-parent support;
- Establishment of Family Centers within the school building, providing information and referrals for community-based resources.
Wediko NY also mediates family and school meetings, coordinates with child protective services, and visits students who are in hospitals or temporary placements. Through a variety of communication methods, including home visits, email, phone calls (in English and Spanish), Wediko meets families and students where they are to help them get to where they would like to be.