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June 17, 2020

Exploring the Impact of Family Resource Centers on School Readiness

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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

May 27, 2020

Rebuilding Hope: Family Resource Centers and Disaster Response

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​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

April 29, 2020

Supporting Families with Opiate Use Disorder through Family Resource Centers

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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

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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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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​​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

September 4, 2019

Family Resource Center Virtual Tour

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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

April 10, 2019

Exploring Family Resource Centers in Unique Setting

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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

March 20, 2019

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

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​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

November 16, 2016

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

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This webinar provides information on how San Francisco established a collaborative funding model for FRCs across three departments, engaged community stakeholders to develop sustainable partnerships, and included 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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