The mission of the National Family Support Network is to promote positive outcomes for all children, families, and communities by leveraging the collective impact of state networks and championing quality family support and strengthening practices and policies.
October 21 2:30-3:45pm ET
Webinar Wednesday - Uncovering America's Best Kept Secret: Family Resource Centers and Family Support & Strengthening Networks
Info & registration here
October 1 & 2, 2020
Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training
Register here by 9/23 - SOLD OUT
October 6 & 7, 2020
Virtual Standards of Quality Certification Training
Register here by 9/28
October 14 -16, 2020
Together for Families Conference - Virtual for 2020!
Info & registration here
2020 National Briefing
In lieu of the in-person National Forum, the NFSN hosted a virtual National Briefing on May 20, 2020 with more than 400 participants from 48 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and Canada. This interactive event, featuring U.S. Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner, highlighted national, federal, state, and parent perspectives on the value of Family Resource Centers and Family Support and Strengthening Networks, and explored how and why they continue to be scaled across the country. Participants received the annual progress report on the Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Project Strategic Recommendations and learned how they can engage in their successful implementation to support families to thrive in every state through the development of strong and effective Networks of Family Resource Centers. Recording Link • Materials Link
Family Resource Centers & COVID-19: Here to Help
In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, when families are more challenged than ever, Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are uniquely positioned to be of support. Learn how their valuable work is being leveraged to respond to this crisis at the community level, state level, and Federal policy level.
Kentucky's Family Resource Centers have been providing "Drive-by Cheer-ups" for families, complete with signs, bubbles, music, and dancing - all while practicing safe social distancing! These caravans of cheer have become a welcome sight for home-bound families across the state, distributing stress-relieving bubble wands to help "blow worries away."
Mini Video Tells the Family Resource Center Story
The National Family Support Network was selected by Promise Venture Studio to work with a professional team to develop this 3 min video that explains Family Resource Centers in a nutshell. The video had its debut as part of an online Show+Tell event for funders and investors, Supporting Parents in the Earliest Years, "showcasing the most promising innovations in early childhood development with the potential for scaled impact for children facing the greatest adversities."
Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training is a Hit
The National Family Support Network’s Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees training has been taking off across the country! Since it was first launched two years ago, the training has been hosted by diverse stakeholders such as Children’s Trust Funds, Prevent Child Abuse America chapters, networks of home visiting programs, Family Support and Strengthening Networks, and state and local public and private funders. Hundreds of staff have been trained in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington DC.
One of the unique aspects of this popular and highly-rated training is that it is a training for staff, supporting them to work with parents in shared leadership roles to strengthen their programs and communities. Another is that the training is co-conducted by a NFSN staff member and an experienced National Parent Leader, modeling and reinforcing the effective staff-parent partnerships on which the training focuses.
To learn how you can host this virtual or in-person training to develop staff skills to support parent leadership development in your area, visit the Training page.