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November 29, 2023

Network Spotlight: West Virginia

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How did West Virginia more than double the number of FRCs in the past few years to ensure universal access? 

This webinar will highlight how and why West Virginia has built on its first investments in Family Resource Centers nearly 20 years ago to expand access to them significantly in the last few years. Staff of both long-established and new FRCs will share their work as part of the Network of 55 FRCs in 53 counties.  Participants will also learn how the state’s participation in a new federal learning community that partners TANF and child welfare for prevention, Families Are Stronger Together, will further develop the Network.  

Presenters:

  • Kent Nowviskie, Deputy Commissioner, Bureau for Family Assistance, West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services

  • Traci Kinney, Director, Marshall County Success Center

  • Audrey Morris, Director, Morgan County Family Success Center 

Moderator:

  • Brenda McChesney, Co-Founder & Associate Director, National Family Support Network

September 20, 2023

Network Spotlight: Texas Family Support Network

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Why did Texas invest in developing a state Network of Family Resource Centers (FRCs)? 

This webinar detailed the developmental journey of the Texas Family Support Network (TFSN) since its inception in 2018.  The Network was initially coordinated by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division, and later spun off to the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies.  The state focused on launching new FRCs, for which the TFSN provides training, technical assistance, and support.

Presenters:

  • Sasha Rasco, Chief Prevention and Community Well-Being Officer - Prevention and Early Intervention, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

  • David Bryant, Special Projects Manager, Prevention and Early Intervention, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

  • Chelsy Alexander, Family Support Network Coordinator, Texas Center for Child and Family Studies

  • Tameka Caldwell, Family Support Project Coordinator, Texas Center for Child and Family Studies

Moderator:​

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

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May 10, 2023

Network Spotlight: South Carolina Family Resource Center Network

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Why and how did the Children's Trust of South Carolina develop a new state Family Resource Center Network?

Co-presented with the Children's Trust Fund Alliance

This webinar detailed how the Children's Trust of South Carolina saw the value of establishing a state Network of Family Resource Centers (FRCs) to support families, launched it in 2020, and subsequently developed the state’s first FRC-specific funding opportunity. 

Introduction by:

  • Teresa Rafael, Executive Director, Children's Trust Fund Alliance

Presenters:

  • Eric Bellamy, Chief Partner Engagement Officer, Children's Trust of South Carolina

  • Alek Reaves, Family Engagement & Resource Coordinator, Children's Trust of South Carolina

  • Kelley Ezell, Executive Director, Upstate Family Resource Center

  • Nora Curiel-Muñoz, PASOs Coordinator, Upstate Family Resource Center

Moderator:

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

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March 22, 2023

Network Spotlight: Utah Family Strengthening Network

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What does a Family Strengthening Network that includes both FRCs and other Family Support Providers look like?

This webinar spotlights the Utah Family Strengthening Network as a unique partnership of FRCs and other Family Support Providers, with backbone support provided by Prevent Child Abuse Utah. Founded in 2015, the Network began with like-minded volunteers and trainers providing training and knowledge about the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework and the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support. The Network includes the association of Family Support Centers of Utah, which has successfully advocated for and secured funding for FRCs.

Presenters: 

  • Margie Woodruff, Executive Director, Family Support Centers of Utah

  • Deondra Brown, Project Administrator, Utah Family Stengthening Network

Moderator:

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

  • Mary Robinson-Griffey, Administrative Coordinator, National Family Support Network

October 26, 2022

Network Spotlight: Maryland Family Network

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How does a long-establishedFRC Network adapt to a changing family landscape and position effectively for growth?

This webinar spotlights the Maryland Family Network (MFN), the state-wide intermediary organization overseeing the Network of Family Support Centers (FSCs).  Established in 1986, the Network has grown to include a dozen FSCs, with more in the pipeline.  The opportunity for growth leads the MFN to reflect on its work and refine both its FSC model and Network processes to be more responsive and inclusive. 

Presenters: 

  • Elizabeth Chung, Executive Director, Asian American Center of Frederick

  • Erica Serrano, Executive Director, LUNA Family Support Center

  • Jenny Crossley, Director, The Family Center of Queen Anne's County

  • Nellie Power, Chief Program Officer, Maryland Family Network

Moderator:

  • Robyn Shemwell, Administrative Coordinator, National Family Support Network 

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August 31, 2022

Network Spotlight: California Family Resource Association

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How does a FRC Network come together and work in a state with a great diversity of FRCs?

This webinar spotlights the California Family Resource Association (CFRA), which was established in 2005 in a landscape of diverse investments in Family Resource Centers (FRC) across the state’s 58 counties, and led the effort to establish FRCs in state statute in 2019. 

Presenters:

  • Michael Williams, Policy Director, California Family Resource Association & Child Abuse Prevention Center

  • Victoria Hartman, Program Manager, California Family Resource Association

  • Amanda Guajardo, Executive Director, Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council

Moderator:

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

June 8, 2022

Network Spotlight: New York City’s Family Enrichment Centers

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What perspective and lessons learned does NYC share with other cities and stakeholders thinking of developing Family Resource Centers? 

This webinar highlights New York City’s Family Enrichment Centers (FECs), initially developed as a pilot by the Administration for Children’s Services with three Centers in 2017, and expanding with an additional nine Centers in 2022. Presenters share how the FECs impact system inequities, create opportunities for parent leadership, and increase the protective factors of families in their communities.

Presenters: 

  • Dale Joseph, Associate Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services

  • Crystal Young-Scott, Director, NYC Family Enrichment Centers, NYC Administration for Children’s Services

  • Alida Camacho, Director, Circle of Dreams Family Enrichment Center

  • Norma Bucio, Parent Participant & Board Member, Circle of Dreams Family Enrichment Center

Moderator:

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

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February 23, 2022

Network Spotlight: Hawai'i 'Ohana Support Network

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How did school-based and community-based Family Resource Centers partner to create a new state Network?

This webinar highlights the importance of relationships in developing a new statewide Family Resource Center Network. Through partnerships with government agencies and multiple non-profit organizations, the Network came together in less than 6 months, and is now in its second year of operation, supporting the diverse families of Hawai'i and is grounded in the indigenous culture.

Presenters: 

  • Kukunaokalā Yoshimoto, Executive Director, Blueprint for Change

  • Kathleen O’Dell, Complex Academic Officer, Department of Education

  • Fuli Soa, Waimānalo Elementary & Intermediate School, Family Resource Center Director

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May 26, 2021

Network Spotlight: Nevada Family Resource Center Network

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How does the Nevada Family Resource Center Network meet the diverse needs of families in urban and rural communities?

This webinar highlights the work of the Nevada Family Resource Center Network, 22 FRCs that serve a geographically diverse population that encompasses both urban and rural residents.

Presenters:

  • Tisa Muhaddes, Social Service Program Specialist III, Nevada Department of Health & Human Services

  • Alma Spears, Senior Vice President of Family Services & Counseling, Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada

  • Erik Schoen, Executive Director, Community Chest, Inc., Nevada

November 3, 2021

Network Spotlight: Strengthening Indiana Families

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How has the new Indiana Family Support Network developed?

This webinar highlights the development of the newly-launched four Family Resource Centers (FRCs) of the Strengthening Indiana Families Project.  The FRCs are co-located in churches and community organizations in targeted rural counties throughout the state, and leverage multiple community partners to assist families in a single hub of connections. 

Presenters: 

  • Terry Stigdon, Director, Indiana Department of Child Services

  • Susy Mariscal, Project Director and Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work

  • Angel Crone, Project Director, Indiana University School of Social Work

  • Bryan Victor, Project Evaluator and Assistant Professor, Wayne University School of Social Work

Moderator: 

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

March 31, 2021

Network Spotlight: Tennessee Family Resource Center Network

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How has the Tennessee Family Resource Center Network evolved and innovated over the past 28 years to meet the needs of students and families?

This webinar highlights the work of the Tennessee Family Resource Center Network, 102 school-based Family Resource Centers (FRCs).  

Presenters:

  • Taylor Rayfield, State Coordinator, Family Resource Centers Tennessee Department of Education

  • Eric Vanzant, Family Resource Center Director, Franklin County School, Tennessee

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August 19, 2020

Network Spotlight: Vermont Parent Child Center Network

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How did Vermont achieve universal access to Parent Child Centers?

 

This webinar highlights the work of the Vermont Parent Child Center

 

Network.

Presenters: 

  • Amy Johnson, Vermont Parent Child Center Network and Northwestern Counseling and Support Service

  • Donna Bailey, Vermont Parent Child Center Network and Addison County Parent Child Center

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November 18, 2020

DC Families First Family Success Center Initiative: Advancing Equity and Transforming Child Welfare

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Why and how has DC embraced a family strengthening vision that is “broader and bolder” than the Family First Prevention Services Act?

This webinar provides an overview of the DC Families First Family Success Center Initiative. 

Presenters:

  • Brenda Donald, Director, DC Child and Family Services

  • Octavia Shaw, Families First DC Program Manager, DC Child and Family Services

  • Dominique Griffin, Families First DC Program Specialist, DC Child and Family Services

  • Kiara Streater, Families First DC Program Specialist, DC Child and Family Services

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July 17, 2019

Network Spotlight: Connecticut Family Resource Center Alliance

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How is the Connecticut Family Resource Center Alliance expanding and funding new programs?

This webinar introduces the Connecticut Family Resource Center Alliance, comprised of 58 school-based Family Resource Centers that are funded and administered by the Connecticut Department of Education. 

Presenters: 

  • Lori Borysewicz, Connecticut Family Resource Center Alliance

  • Gail Nolan, Connecticut Family Resource Center Alliance

  • Sheila Crocker, Parent Educator, Laurel School, Bloomfield, Connecticut

July 31, 2019
Measuring Fidelity and Outcomes in Family Resource Center Networks: Insights and Opportunities

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What are Family Resource Centers and what difference do they make?

This webinar provides an overview of FRCs, presents a summary of outcome and cost savings data compiled by Casey Family Programs, and highlights the work of the Families and Communities Together (FaCT) Network of FRCs in Orange County, California. 

Presenters: 

  • Paul DiLorenzo, Casey Family Programs

  • Peter Pecora, Casey Family Programs

  • Rachel Levin, Families and Communities Together (FaCT) Orange County, California

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November 28, 2018

Network Spotlight: Seattle Family Support Network

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How is the Seattle Family Support Network expanding and funding new programs?

This webinar features the Seattle Family Support Network, which is funded and administered by the Seattle Human Services Department.  It highlights two programs that are part of the Network, one which works with fathers and the other with African immigrant families.

Presenters: 

  • Ellen Terry, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist,                                           Seattle Human Services Department

  • Ann-Margaret Webb, Planning & Development Specialist II,              Seattle Human Services Department

  • Jeanett Charles, Co-Founder, D.A.D.S.

  • Tsegaye Gebru, Executive Director, Horn of Africa 

September 19, 2018

Network Spotlight: Family Support New Hampshire

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How did Family Support New Hampshire grow from a grassroots coalition into a thriving Family Support Network?

This webinar spotlights Family Support New Hampshire, a coalition of

non-profit Family Resource Centers and Family Support Programs

founded in 1999.

Presenter: Karen Welford, Family Support New Hampshire

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May 30, 2018
Funding for Systems Success: Investing in Family Support & Strengthening Networks

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How have foundations seeded and supported the development of Family Support & Strengthening Networks?

This webinar illustrates the role of private foundations investing in Family Support & Strengthening Networks. Foundation representatives from Alabama, Colorado, and Ohio share their experiences and strategies for leveraging the collective impact of these Networks to coordinate support for families.

Presenters: 

  • Elsa Holguin, Senior Program Officer - Child & Family Development, Rose Community Foundation, Colorado

  • Christie Manning, Senior Program Officer, Saint Luke's Foundation, Ohio

  • Sue McInnish, Executive Director, Alabama Civil Justice Foundation

June 20, 2018

Network Spotlight: Colorado's Family Resource Center Association

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What are the unique innovations of the Family Resource Center Association (FRCA) in regards to common implementation of family development services and outcomes tracking?

This webinar is an overview of the Family Resource Center Association, Colorado’s statewide member association of organizations providing a wide variety of services to families in 45 counties across the state. 

Presenters: 

  • Mark Kling, Executive Director, Family Resource Center Association

  • Marie Mahan, Development & Marketing Director, Family Resource Center Association

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October 4, 2017

Network Spotlight: Wisconsin's Supporting Families Together Association

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What makes Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) unique as a Family Support Network?

This webinar introduces the Supporting Families Together Association, Wisconsin’s statewide member association for organizations and individuals committed to making every early childhood a great one. 

Presenters: 

  • Connie Dunlap, Family Engagement Specialist, Supporting Families Together Association 

  • Jill Hoiting, Co-Director, Programs and External Relations, Supporting Families Together Association

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June 28, 2017

Network Spotlight: New Jersey Family Success Centers

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What does a Family Support and Strengthening Network look like?

This webinar highlights the statewide network of 56 Family Success Centers across all of New Jersey's 21 counties funded by the Department of Children & Families. 

Presenter: Antonio Lopez, Administrator, Office of Family Support Services, Family & Community Partnerships, New Jersey Department of Children & Families

April 5, 2017

Network Spotlight: Family Resource & Youth Services Centers of Kentucky

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What does a Family Support and Strengthening Network look like?

This webinar presents the work of Kentucky's more than 800 Family Resource & Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) integrated into the education system as student and family-level support.
Presenters: 

  • Brian Akers, Coordinator Betsy Layne Elementary FRC

  • Leslie Hall, Coordinator, North Hardin FRYSC

  • Paula Hunter, Coordinator, Nicholas County FRYSC

  • Mary Ann Jennings, Regional Program Manager, Family Resource & Youth Services Centers of Kentucky

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