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August 16, 2023

Family Resource Centers: Supporting Families Experiencing Homelessness

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Co-presented with CSH

How do Family Resource Centers (FRCs) support families experiencing homelessness?

This webinar explored how Family Resource Centers (FRCs) intentionally engage and provide support for families experiencing homelessness in their communities. Community-based Compass FRC in Northern California and school-based Arvin FRC in Southern California shared their work, including developing successful collaborations for coordinated entry into housing, ensuring students access services through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and supporting  immigrant and undocumented families. 

Presenters:

  • Monica James, Parent Participant, Compass Family Resource Center

  • Erica Barajas, FRC Program Director, Compass Family Services

  • Clark Wininger, FRC Assistant Program Director, Compass Family Services

  • Mario Venegas, Director of Support Services, Arvin FRC, Arvin Union School District

  • Liliana Carranza, Support Services Advocate, Arvin FRC, Arvin Union School District

Moderator:

  • Robyn Shemwell, Administrative Coordinator,  National Family Support Network

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March 15, 2023

Sharing the Caring: Family Resource Centers & Health Care Partnerships

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Co-presented with CareSource

How can Family Resource Centers support the medical field in addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACES), health equity, social determinants of health, and toxic stress?

This webinar focused on  Family Resource Centers (FRCs)

connected with medical providers, local clinics, tribal health departments, and health care systems. It highlighted examples of mutually beneficial relationships and effective partnerships in Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Presenters: 

  • Elizabeth Dawson, Enterprise Pediatrics & Troy Resilience Project

  • Julie Woodbury, Black River Falls Office, Children's Wisconsin

  • Norma Jean Ellenberger, Black River Falls Office, Children's Wisconsin

  • Desiree Rave, Eejahuiga, Black River Falls Office, Children's Wisconsin

  • Charlotte Byrd, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Moderator:

  • LaKesha Ross, Membership and Events Consultant, National Family Support Network

February 15, 2023

Leveraging Family Resource Centers to Support Community School Success

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Co-presented with the Coalition for Community Schools and the Institute for Educational Leadership

What is the value add of Family Resource Centers for Community Schools?

This webinar focuses on Family Resource Centers as a component of successful Community SchoolsIt highlights both district/systems level perspectives on and program level implementation of Community School FRCs in Vancouver, Washington and Austin, Texas.

Introduction by:

  • José Muñoz, Senior Director, Coalition for Community Schools, Institute for Educational Leadership

Presenters:

  • Carla Feltz, Family Engagement and TA Coordinator, Vancouver Public Schools

  • Ana Aquino, Parent Leader, Family-Community Resource Centers, Vancouver, Washington

  • Allen Weeks, Executive Director, Austin Voices for Education and Youth

  • Julie Weeks, Director of Family Resource Centers, Austin Voices for Education and Youth

Moderator:

  • Robyn Shemwell, Administrative Coordinator, National Family Support Network

November 30, 2022

Family Resource Center Learning Hub Launch

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What is the new Family Resource Center Learning Hub?

This webinar launches the Family Resource Center Learning Hub, a valuable resource developed in partnership with Families Canada by a diverse planning committee with the support of Casey Family Programs. The Hub is designed to provide tools and sample materials for those seeking to develop Family Resource Centers (FRCs). 

Introduction By:​

  • Peter Pecora, Managing Director of Research Services, Casey Family Programs

Presenters:

  • Andrew Russo, Co-Founder & Director, National Family Support Network

  • Kirsti Cheese, Community connector System Coordinator, Family Centres London/Childreach

November 9, 2022

Family Resource Centers: Supporting Teen Parents

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Why are Family Resource Centers (FRCs) an effective service strategy for supporting teen parents?

This webinar explores Family Resource Centers (FRCs) designed to support teen parents. FRCs in San Francisco, California and Baltimore, Maryland share their successful work with teen parents and their families. 

Presenters:

  • Carmella Davis, Parent Participant, United Way Family Center

  • Heather Chapman, Vice President, Neighborhood Zones, United Way of Central Maryland

  • Rosaura Diaz, Admissions, Data & Evaluation Director, Felton Institute

Moderator:​

  • Robyn Shemwell, Administrative Coordinator, National Family Support Network

September 14, 2022

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Family Resource Centers: Engaging & Supporting Fathers to Succeed

How do Family Resource Centers effectively support fathers in their communities?

This webinar explores how Family Resource Centers (FRCs) intentionally engage and support fathers in their communities. FRCs in California, the District of Columbia, and Vermont share their successful work with African American fathers, Latino fathers, and refugee fathers.

Presenters: 

  • Francisco Ferrer, Program Coordinator, Edgewood Family Resource Center

  • Josh Miller, Executive Director, The Janet S. Munt Family Room

  • Alexis Thomason, Interim Deputy Chief, Family and Community Programs, Anacostia Family Success Center

Moderator:

  • Jennifer Green, Senior Manager - Membership & Events, National Family Support Network

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April 28, 2022

Native American FRCs: Strengthening Families and Honoring Traditions

Co-presented with Casey Family Programs & Native Americans in Philanthropy

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How do Family Resource Centers support the strengthening of Native American communities?

There are numerous Family Resource Centers (FRCs) across the U.S. that are developed by both urban and rural Native American communities. These FRCs support their communities through culturally-relevant programs, supports, and opportunities that honor and reflect their values and traditions. This webinar features two of them - the Forest County Potawatomi FRC in Wisconsin and the Hupa FRC run by the Hoopa Tribe in California. 

Presenters: 

  • Katy Klos, Family Resource Community Coordinator, Forest County Potawatomi

  • Justin Shawano, Community Outreach Coordinator, Forest County Potawatomi 

  • Karen Kyle, Administrative Officer, Hoopa TANF 

  • Priscilla Masten, Resource Specialist, Hupa Family Resource Center 

  • Nikki Risling, Parent Participant, Hupa Family Resource Center 

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September 29, 2021

Family Resource Centers: Supporting Grandfamilies and Kinship Navigation

Co-presented with Generations United

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How do Family Resource Centers (FRCs) work with grandparents and kin caring for children?

This webinar illustrates how FRCs support grandparents and kin caring for children, highlighting New Hampshire’s effective leveraging of its Network of FRCs for federally-funded kinship navigation.

Presenters: 

  • Joelyn Drennan, Senior Program Director, New Hampshire Children's Trust 

  • Kat Morris, Training Coordinator, FRC of Northern New Hampshire

  • Shannon Lavertu, Kinship Navigator, FRC of Northern New Hampshire

  • Ana Beltran, Co-Director, National Center on Grandfamilies Generations United

Moderator: 

  • Julie Matusick, Senior Manager of Standards Training & Implementation, National Family Support Network

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August 25, 2021

Report Release: Cost Savings FRCs Yield for Rural and Urban Child Welfare Systems

Co-presented with Casey Family Programs and OMNI Institute

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How do FRCs save Child Welfare systems money and reduce families' involvement in them?

This webinar releases and discusses two new research reports detailing the return on investment of FRCs in Teller County, Colorado and Orange County, California.  

Presenters:

  • Melissa Richmond, Vice President, OMNI Institute

  • Sara Bayless, Director, OMNI Institute

  • Kim Mauthe, Teller County Department of Human Services, Colorado

  • Jodi Mijares, Executive Director, Community Partnership Family Resource Center  

  • Angela Pool, Parent Representative, Community Partnership Family Resource Center 

  • Jill Bright, Administrative Manager, Orange County Social Services Agency

  • Gina Nunes, Supervisor, Westminster Family Resource Center

  • Valerie, Parent Representative, Westminster Family Resource Center

Moderators:

  • Andrew Russo, Co-founder & Director,  National Family Support Network

  • Nicole Dobbins, Child Welfare Partnership Advisor - National SI Partnerships, Casey Family Programs

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August 18, 2021

FRCs: Advancing Equity Every Day

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How are Family Resource Centers (FRCs) uniquely positioned to advance equity for families?

This webinar provides a framework of how FRCs advance equity through their development, structure, work with families, and how they address systemic barriers and features examples of FRCs in Washington, DC, and San Francisco, California striving to end inequalities in their communities.

Presenters:

  • Julieta Dominguez, Senior Director of Family Services, Good Samaritan FRC, San Francisco, California

  • Cherie Craft, CEO & Founding Executive Director, Smart from the Start, Washington, District of Columbia

  • Corey Chandler, Learning & Development Consultant, National Family Support Network

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April 28, 2021

On the Same Page: Family Resource Centers Co-located in Libraries

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How did the idea of co-location partnership come about and how has it evolved over time?

This webinar highlights Family Resource Centers (FRCs) co-located in public libraries in Pittsburgh, PA, Gainesville, FL, and Phoenix Arizona. 

Presenters:

  • Danielle M. Gill, Family Center Coordinator, Greater Hazelwood Family Center, Pennsylvania

  • Pebbles Edelman, Senior VP, Clinical & Community Services, Partnership for Strong Families, Florida

  • Diane Johnson, Library Manager, Cone Park Branch, Florida

  • Wendy Resnik, Children and Teen Services Coordinator, Phoenix Public Library, Arizona

January 27, 2021

Having their Moment: How the Pandemic Has Spotlighted the Value of Family Resource Centers

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How have Family Resource Centers (FRCs) been uniquely positioned to support families through the pandemic?

This webinar provides an overview of how FRCs’ pandemic response has raised their profile. 

Presenters:

  • Dan Johnson (R), Utah State Representative

  • Merritt Beckett, Senior Program Manager, California Family Resource Association (CFRA)

  • B. Estela Camacho, Family Resource Center Director, Morris Street School, Connecticut

Moderator:

  • Andrew Russo, Co-Founder & Director, National Family Support Network

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​October 28, 2020

Utilizing Casey Family Programs’ Community Opportunity Map to Support Family Resource Centers

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What is Casey Family Programs’ Community Opportunity Map and how can it be useful in your work?

This webinar provides an overview of Casey Family Programs’ Community Opportunity Map and illustrate how it can be leveraged to support Family Resource Centers.

Presenters:

  • Kirk O'Brien, Ph.D. , Senior Director, Research Services, Casey Family Programs

  • Whitney Rostad, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate , Research Services, Casey Family Program

  • Patty Carroll, Director of Communications & Engagement , Partnership for Strong Families, Inc., Florida

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June 17, 2020

Exploring the Impact of Family Resource Centers on School Readiness

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What does a county-wide investment in FRCs to support young children look like?

This webinar details the investment in, work of, and data from a county-wide network of FRCs in rural Siskiyou, California on increasing school readiness. 

Presenters: 

  • Karen Pautz, Executive Director, First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission

  • Michelle O’Gorman, Executive Director, Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative

  • Lisa Colvig-Niclai, Vice President of Evaluation, Applied Survey Research

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May 27, 2020

Rebuilding Hope: Family Resource Centers and Disaster Response

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How have Family Resource Centers (FRCs) been a unique support for addressing natural disaster crises?

​This webinar shares the experiences, reflections, and insights from FRCs in effectively responding to the 2011 Tuscaloosa–Birmingham tornado, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and North Bay Wildfires in 2017

Presenters: 

  • Alissa Abdo, Executive Director, On the Move, California,

  • Amanda Lightsey, Executive Director, Tuscaloosa’s One Place, Alabama

  • Ana Martinez, Division Director, Family Success Centers Prevention Links Inc., New Jersey

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April 29, 2020

Supporting Families with Opiate Use Disorder through Family Resource Centers

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How are Family Resource Centers (FRCs) strengthening families to address the opiate crisis?

This webinar provides an overview of an initiative in Pennsylvania that has provided capacity-building funding to FRCs to engage and support families struggling with Opiate Use Disorder/Substance Use Disorder through home visiting, featuring a case study of the Columbia County Family Center.

Presenters: 

  • Andrew Dietz, Family Support Program Manager, Office of Child Development 
    Early Learning, Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Family Supports, Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services 

  • Ashley Mensch, Director, Columbia County Family Centers

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April 22, 2020

Family Resource Centers and Family Engagement

Co-presented with the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)

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As the education field focuses on effective family engagement, understanding how Family Resource Centers (FRCs) support schools in this effort is especially timely. This webinar highlights the role of FRCs in relation to student and family success across the country, featuring a case study from the 856 school-based Family Resource & Youth Services Centers of Kentucky

Presenters: 

  • Vito Borrello, Executive Director, National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement 

  • Andrew Russo, Co-Founder & Director, National Family Support Network

  • Mary Ann Jennings, Assistant Director, Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

  • Shannon Pfaff, Principal, Southside Elementary School

  • Beth Cathcart, Coordinator, Southside Family Resource Center

March 18, 2020

Exploring Family Resource Centers in Relation to Child Welfare and the Family First Act

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What is the intersection of Family Resource Centers (FRCs) with Child Welfare along all points of the prevention continuum – primary, secondary and tertiary?

This webinar illustrates the role of FRCs in relation to child welfare, featuring a case study from Colorado. Since Teller County moved to a differential response model in 2016 that utilizes a FRC, its child abuse rate has had a 57.7% reduction.

Presenters: 

  • Andrew Russo, Co-Founder & Director, National Family Support Network

  • Kim Mauthe, Director, Teller County Department of Human Services, Colorado

  • Jodi Mijares, Executive Director, Community Partnership Family Resource Center 

October 16, 2019

Understanding and Working Effectively with Grandparents through Family Resource Centers

Co-presented with Zero to Three

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What does research tell us about the profile of American grandparents today?​​

This webinar presents Zero to Three's research findings about grandparents, highlights work with grandparents from a collaboration of two Family Resource Centers, and shares resources available for multigenerational families and the professionals who support them.

Presenters: 

  • Rebecca Parlakian, Zero to Three

  • Wendy Hill, The River Center Family & Community Resource Center, New Hampshire

  • Carol Lunan, The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center, New Hampshire

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September 4, 2019

Family Resource Center Virtual Tour

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What is a Family Resource Center and what does it look like?

This virtual visit to the Jennie Mose Family Resource Center in upstate New York is led by a staff member and a parent leader. Especially if you have not yet had the opportunity to see a FRC in person, this webinar will give you a sense of that experience.

Presenters: 

  • Krys Watkins, Coordinator, Jennie Mose Family Resource Center, NY

  • Heather Balch, Parent Leader, Jennie Mose Family Resource Center, NY

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April 10, 2019

Exploring Family Resource Centers in Unique Settings

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How can the Family Resource Center model be applied to unique settings?

This webinar highlights several unique examples of FRCs, including a mobile FRC, a school-based FRC serving the Native American community, and a prison-based FRC

Presenters: 

  • Faviola Alderete, Eagle County Public Health & Environment, Colorado

  • Cindy Janechek, Indian Community School Family Resource Center, Wisconsin

  • Kristina Toth, Family Connections Center - New Hampshire Department of Corrections

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March 20, 2019

What Impact do Family Resource Centers Have on Community Levels of Child Maltreatment Investigations?

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What is the Network of Family Support Centers in Allegheny County?

This webinar provides an overview of the network of Family Support Centers developed by the Department of Human Services in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and shares the findings from a Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago report that found that neighborhoods with Centers had a 26% lower rate of child abuse and neglect investigations than similar neighborhoods without them.

Presenters: 

  • Bridgette Lery, San Francisco Human Services Agency and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago 

  • Amy Malen, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

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November 16, 2016

Developing and Evaluating a Coordinated Family Resource Center System in San Francisco

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How can Family Resource Center (FRC) services be aligned while honoring how varied they might be across communities and encouraging creativity?

This webinar provides information on how San Francisco establishes a collaborative funding model for FRCs across three departments, engages community stakeholders to develop sustainable partnerships, and includes services that are diverse and responsive measured in a comprehensive evaluation framework that best reflects the richness of FRC work.

Presenters: 

  • Shelli Rawlings-Fein, Family Support Program Officer, First 5 San Francisco 

  • Theresa Zighera, Evaluation Officer, First 5 San Francisco

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