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.
July 7, 2021, 2:30pm - 3:45pmET
Developing Family Resource Center Networks: Where do We Start?
Info & registration here
July 14, 2021, 2:30pm - 3:45pmET
An Overview of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support
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VIRTUAL TRAININGS & EVENTS
June 29 & 30, 2021
Virtual Standards of Quality Certification Training
Deadline to register: June 18
2021 National Briefing
This interactive virtual event designed for stakeholders working at the systems and policy levels focused attention on the value of Family Resource Centers and Family Support and Strengthening Networks, highlighted progress towards and opportunities for implementing the Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Strategic Recommendations, and celebrated the 10th anniversary of the National Family Support Network. The Briefing featured Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman speaking about why the Commonwealth has allocated $1.1M in state general funds for 24 new school-based FRCs to add to their existing 856 FRCs and designated $15M in federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) to fund FRCs to address early childhood and mental health issues. Washington State Representative Carolyn Eslick (R) explained why she has championed FRCs recently being added to state statute. Denver Indian FRC Tara McLain Manthey talked about the experience of FRCs working with families through the pandemic and the value of being part of a state Network of FRCs. Paul Cheung shared his experience as a Chinese immigrant father participating in the Joy Lok Family Resource Center in San Francisco, CA.
Joint Guidance for Federal Funding Highlights FRCs
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 passed on March 11, 2021 includes one-time emergency funding for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), including $250 million in Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) funding. The NFSN along with four other national organizations, Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, EndCAN, and Prevent Child Abuse America, collaborated to develop this resource, Making the Most of New Federal Investments in Child Abuse Prevention, for state agencies and organizations to help inform funding decisions and plans for the use of these funds. The document specifically highlights Family Resource Centers (FRCs) and Networks of FRCs for consideration for investment.
New Version of the Standards of Quality Released
In 2020, the National Family Support Network conducted a review and revision process to update the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support, engaging its Member Networks across the United States, parent leaders, and representatives of Family Strengthening and Support organizations in Canada, to provide input and feedback. The thoroughly revised Standards reflect an enhanced focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion and addressing community conditions that impact families’ healthy development. Approved by the NFSN Membership in February 2021, the Standards are now available for download on the Standards page of this website. To listen to the recording of the March 10th Webinar Wednesday that launched the Standards and meet some of the people who were engaged in the review and revision process, please see the Webinar Wednesday page of this website.
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.