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How To Become A Family Spirit Affiliate

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Family Spirit is typically brought to families through an agency in the community known as an affiliate. Affiliates provide the administrative and personnel support necessary for successfully implementing the model and creating lifelong change. Click to learn more about becoming an affiliate. 


If you are interested in our program and training sessions, the first step is to reach out to the Family Spirit team either by phone or email through our Contact Us page on this website. 

A Family Spirit Leadership Team member will set up time to meet with your local program managers to further explain the Family Spirit Program, understand your program’s structure and needs, and answer any questions. The Family Spirit Leadership Team will share additional information about the program materials and costs. We often ask new affiliates to complete a Readiness Tool first gives us a good idea right away if our model is right for your needs, if your program has the capacity and buy-in to support implementation and sustainability of Family Spirit in your community and helping you begin to think about implementation concepts.


Please see our Cost Sheet here. 


Once a site decides to become a new Family Spirit affiliate, the contract process begins. Family Spirit and the potential program affiliate must agree on a scope of work (SOW) and budget prior to drafting a Model Agreement. After the terms of the SOW and budget are finalized, a Model Agreement will be drafted and signed by both parties upon finalization. The details of this process will be clearly explained in early meetings with interested programs. Ongoing, the Family Spirit contract team will connect with affiliates annually to invoice for the annual affiliation fee. 


Family Spirit training occurs in three phases: 1) pre-training; 2) core training; 3) post-training. Pre-training sets trainees up with an introduction along with independent work. The live multi-day core training certifies home visitors to administer the Family Spirit Program in their community followed by specialized implementation support during post-training. The three phases are designed to ensure that home visitors are fully trained to implement the model, and the site is fully prepared to implement successfully in their community. Learn more about training on the Home Visitor Training page.