Strengthening Families is a strategy to co-ordinate service and support for families across agencies, by using an interagency case-management approach. Its goal is to meet the needs of families’ children, and young people by delivering a more co-ordinated service across the health, education, welfare and related services in the Porirua area. It has been found that this approach is far more effective in meeting the needs of families than agencies working independently of each other. It reduces the risk of poor health, education and welfare outcomes for children. BGI’s Strengthening Families Coordinator is Tyler Skipper-King.