Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Frances K. Kochan
Interagency partnerships refers to formal relationships in which two or more agencies that provide individuals with educational, social, health, or other human services agree to work together to serve their clients. Such partnerships have increased over the past two decades as educational, health, and human service needs have expanded throughout our society and societies around the globe. The familial and societal structures of the twenty-first century are much less cohesive and connected than those of past centuries. Families are separated by space, and in the United States, over 50% end in divorce. Small towns and city neighborhoods in which neighbors were familiar with one another, often attending religious services together, and sometimes even belonging to social groups formed around ethnic and cultural similarities, have been replaced by suburban, sometimes gated communities, and inner cities in which violence and crime keep people inside their homes and apartments. Families that do exist ...