Government touches the lives of families in many ways. Because of the complexity of governmental organizations, community- and faith-based organizations may be reluctant to partner with government, especially to deliver marriage/relationship education services (MRE). This guide is intended for practitioners who are familiar with operating an MRE program and are interested in exploring collaboration with government to expand the reach of their MRE program. In addition, this guide offers concrete strategies on 1) how to identify which areas of government are right for you to partner with and 2) how to develop relationships with policymakers. Examples of collaborations with the social service system are provided to illustrate potential areas for healthy marriage and relationship integration. For purposes of this guide, a policymaker is anyone with the power to influence and determine policies and practices at the national, state, regional and/or local level. These individuals may be elected, appointed or be career civil servants. They may be a county commissioner, state TANF director, city human services coordinator or any other governmental service provider in your community. (Author abstract)
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