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MISSION

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.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS

June 3, 2020, 12:30-1:45pm ET

Uncovering America's Best Kept Secret: Family Resource Centers and Family Support & Strengthening Networks

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June 10, 2020, 12:30-1:45pm ET

Introduction to the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support

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June 17, 2020, 12:30-1:45pm ET

Exploring the Impact of FRCs on School Readiness

Registration to open

June 22-26, 29, 30, 2020, 11am-6:00pm ET each day

Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support Training of Trainer Institute

More information here 

October 14 & 16, 2020

Together for Families Conference - Virtual for 2020!

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HIGHLIGHTS

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.  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.

2020 Together for Families Conference Goes Virtual 
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Together for Families Co-Host Committee has decided to move this biennial in-person event to a virtual conference on October 14th & 16th.  Click here for more information about this unique opportunity to focus on best and promising practice in the Family Support and Strengthening Field with stakeholders from across the U.S. and Canada .

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." 

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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 training in your area to develop staff skills to support parent leadership development, visit the Training page.

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."

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