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.
Contractual Training Support Positions Available
The NFSN is seeking individuals who would be available to help with Zoom and training support for NFSN trainings and webinars on a contractual basis for $20-25/hour. The ideal candidates would have a flexible schedule, be available on an ongoing basis, and be well-familiar with managing Zoom meetings and events.
July 6th, 2022, 2:30pm - 3:45pmET
An Overview of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support
Info & registration here
2022 Virtual Trainings Schedule
Virtual Parent Advisory Committees Training: 4th Tuesday & Wednesday each month, 11:30am-5:00pmET
Virtual Standards of Quality Certification Training: 4th Thursday & Friday each month.
Developing & Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training
July 26 & July 27, 2022
Register here by July 14 (U.S.) or July 12 (outside of the U.S.)
August 23 & August 24, 2022
Register here by August 11 (U.S.) or August 9 (outside of the U.S.)
Virtual Standards of Quality Certification Training
July 28 & July 29, 2022
Register here by July 18 (U.S.) or July 14 (outside of the U.S.)
August 25 & August 26, 2022
Register here by August 15 (U.S.) or August 11 (outside of the U.S.)
Together for Families Conference
October 19-21, 2022
Early Bird registration has opened for the biennial Together for Families Conference! Take advantage of this advance discounted rate to reserve your place by July 31 for this unique virtual event that connects various stakeholders from across the U.S. and Canada in the Family Support and Strengthening Field to focus on best and promising practice for supporting families’ advancement. Designed for practitioners at the program, systems, and funder levels, it will provide valuable opportunities to learn from expert presentations, peer sharing, and networking.
Access more information, agenda, speakers, & registration here
2022 National Briefing Held
More than 300 people from 42 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia participated in the 2022 National Briefing on May 11. The NFSN released the new Network Snapshots profiling the work of NFSN Member Networks as well as Supporting & Strengthening Our Nation’s Families: A Blueprint for the Development of Strong Networks of Family Resource Centers. Participant evaluations indicated that 98% of them found the National Briefing helpful in informing their work. Access the recordings and materials here.
Case Studies Demonstrate Family Resource Centers Save Child Welfare System Millions
The OMNI Institute has released two new reports on cost savings FRCs yield for rural and urban child welfare systems by reducing families' involvement in them. The research was supported by Casey Family Programs.
The key findings are:
In 2017, reductions in child maltreatment cases in Westminster FRC's Orange County community saved the child welfare system an estimated $1.82M; in 2016 this savings was estimated at $1.1M. For every $1 invested in Westminster FRC in 2016 and 2017, the Orange County child welfare system saved an estimated $3.65.
After a formal partnership between Community Partnership FRC and Teller County child welfare was established, the county saved an estimated $2.5M associated with reductions in child welfare cases. For every $1 invested in Community Partnership FRC, the Teller County child welfare system saved an estimated $2.92
The recording and materials from the webinar that launched the reports can be found on the Webinar Wednesday page.
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."