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 IN-PERSON EVENTS
October 13-16, 2020
Together for Families Conference
Seattle, WA - more information here
UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
April 8, 2020 12:30-1:30pm ET
Introduction to the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support - with Texas Implementation
April 22, 2020 3:00-4:30pm ET
Family Resource Centers and Family Engagement
Co-presented with the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
April 29, 2020 12:30-1:30pm ET
Supporting Families with Opiate Use Disorder through Family Resource Centers
Call for Proposals Open for Together for Families
The National Family Support Network is co-hosting the Together for Families Conference in Seattle Oct 13-16, 2020. This unique event will connect 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. The Call for Proposals is now open. Submissions are due by Monday, April 13 at 5pm PT.
As these are challenging and unprecedented times related to COVID-19, the Together for Families Conference Co-Host Committee is monitoring the evolving situation and projections for whether it will be safe and advisable to hold the conference as planned in October. We will keep you informed about any decisions we make about holding the conference as planned, postponing it, changing the location, and/or switching to a virtual conference. Please continue to submit session proposals for the conference by April 13. If you need more time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if the conference is not held as originally planned, the Co-Host Committee will work with selected presenters to ensure that their valuable content will be shared with the field through other means.
National Forum Cancellation
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, for the health and safety of all, the National Family Support Network has decided to cancel the May 19 National Forum in Washington, DC. In lieu of the event, the NFSN will hold a Webinar Wednesday on May 20 to provide a progress update on the Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Project - the steps needed to support families to thrive in every state through the development of strong and effective Networks of Family Resource Centers. In the meantime, we welcome you to continue to learn more about and connect with Family Resource Centers and Family Support and Strengthening Networks through the NFSN Webinar Wednesdays and website.
New 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 recently 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 training in your area to develop staff skills to support parent leadership development, visit the Training page.
New Network Development Tools
The National Family Support Network has developed two new tools to support Network development. The Family Support & Strengthening Network Development Continuum is for use for Networks within the emerging phase of development (0-3 years). The Investing in an FRC System of Support Funder Continuum has been created for funders about how to develop a system of support for Family Resource Centers. Each of these continua include resources available through the NFSN, such as technical assistance and facilitation, to support movement along them. Contact the NFSN Director of Training to discuss your technical assistance needs.
2019 NFSN National Forum
The National Family Support Network conducted its annual National Forum in May in Washington, DC to focus national attention on the value of Family Support and Strengthening Networks and to highlight progress towards implementing Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Strategic Recommendations. The event, co-sponsored by the Packard Foundation and Casey Family Programs, featured a panel on the value of investing in Family Support and Strengthening Networks with presenters from the U.S. Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Casey Family Programs, and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about individual Networks through a table rotation activity. More than 70 external stakeholders participated, included representatives from the federal government, state governments, and national and regional nonprofit organizations - coming from across the county and as far away as Puerto Rico. Learn more here.