Team Up for Families, the original family-driven initiative that started our project in 2007, was restructured in 2018 as an independent non-profit organization whose purpose is to study the effectiveness of navigation training as a means of increasing access to appropriate access to behavioral, developmental, and other social services to families and young adults.
Team Up for Families was formed in 2007 as a family-driven initiative to produce a national edition of the step-by-step family workbook Team Up for Your Child (2008, 2012), a forerunner of Family Road Map. More than 50 family support staff and volunteers working for mental health and family advocacy agency in eight states became part of a Learning Collaborative to teach a Road Map curriculum based on Team Up for Your Child.
In 2017, a group of these trainers collaborated with Wendy Besmann to create Family Road Map, structured around the five-point Guiding Star method, which led to the formation of Family Road Map Institute to produce Facilitator/Coach training and other learning tools. It became clear that we need to examine the “trail of breadcrumbs” in order to understand whether families truly become more empowered by this type of training and whether that empowerment has a significant impact on their ability to access services. TUFF’s mission is to partner with other agencies to explore these questions.
If you or your organization/agency is interested in partnering with Team Up For Families to conduct this research, please contact us to discuss this opportunity further.