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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.

WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS

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September 22, 2021, 2:30pm - 3:45pmET

Network Spotlight: Strengthening Indiana Families

Info & registration here

September 29, 2021, 2:30pm - 3:45pmET

Family Resource Centers: Supporting Grandfamilies and Kinship Navigation

Co-presented with Generations United

Info & registration here

October 13, 2021, 2:30pm - 3:45pmET

An Overview of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support - with Colorado Implementation

Info & registration here

VIRTUAL TRAININGS & EVENTS

October 19 & 20, 2021

Virtual Standards of Quality Certification Training - for Mountain & Pacific Time Zone Participants

Register here by October 8

November 16 & 17, 2021

Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training

Register here by November 5

STANDARDS TRAINING OF TRAINERS INSTITUTES

October 25 - 29, 2021

Standards Training of Trainers Institute - Mountain & Pacific Time Zones

Info & apply here

 

TBD

Standards Training of Trainers Institute - Eastern & Central Time Zones

Info & apply here

HIGHLIGHTS

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.

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.

•  Recording Link    Presentation Link    

•  School-based FRC Virtual Visit Link    

•  Community-based FRC Virtual Visit Link

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.

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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."