Family Liaisons

Family liaisons serve as a link between families and schools

When families are engaged in their child’s education, the children:

  • Achieve higher grades
  • Attend school regularly
  • Display better social skills
  • Graduate and pursue post-secondary learning

Children from diverse cultural backgrounds tend to do better when families and professionals collaborate to bridge the gap between the culture at home and the culture at school. The family liaisons help build that bridge. The family liaison connects families to the resources and services they need to thrive.

 

Who are Family Liaisons?

Family liaisons are school staff members who work anywhere from 4 hours a week to 40 hours a week. They are knowledgeable about school curricula, child development, family dynamics, district wide programs, services, resources and community resources. All family liaisons speak English and often speak an additional language. They represent many cultures and ethnicities. Family liaisons support all families and school staff by helping:

  • Facilitate communication
  • Build relationships
  • Make families feel welcome, trusted and valued
  • Provide FCPS and human service’s resources and information
  • Encourage parent engagement in their children’s education
  • Connect parents to what their children are learning
  • Promote understanding of families’ cultural diversity

 

What Does a Family Liaison Do?

A family liaison may be found in the front office, an office or walking the halls. She or he:

  • Organizes or facilitates parent classes
  • Arranges for interpreters
  • Helps report student progress
  • Explains the school’s methods or practices regarding discipline
  • Leads parent/family coffees on a variety of topics of interest to families
  • Works collaboratively with school staff including social workers and counselors
  • Builds parent/guardian capacity for leadership

 

Families May Contact Family Liaisons For:

  • Assistance setting up a meeting
  • Attendance at a meeting
  • Help completing forms
  • Help getting an interpreter
  • An opportunity just to talk with someone about concerns

Family Liaisons

Family liaisons work in the schools and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success. Family liaisons represent a variety of cultures, languages, and races and will welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community.

Ecumencial Community Helping Others

ECHO is a community-based organization that provides assistance to Greater Springfield/Burke area residents within the boundaries established by Fairfax County including zip codes: 22151, 22152, 22153, and 22015, and some addresses in 22150 and 22312.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30am to 10:30am

Wednesdays and Fridays, 7:30am to 2:30pm

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 703-912-4691