Family Support Networks
FAMILY SUPPORT AND STRENGTHENING NETWORKS
Family Support and Strengthening Networks have emerged organically across the country in cities, counties, and states. They connect, organize, and support programs working with families. These Networks consist of two or more Family Strengthening organizations, including Family Resource Centers, working together to ensure coordinated quality support for families.
The Networks serve as the backbone entity to leverage and coordinate the collective impact of their members. They create opportunities for service providers to meet formally and informally, exchange information, make connections, develop relationships, build capacity, and address challenges that no one organization could on its own.
Family Support and Strengthening Network Overviews
This document developed by the NFSN summarizes the types, functions, developmental stages, and positive impacts of Family Support and Strengthening Networks.
This document provides individual overviews and contact information for each of the NFSN Member Networks. You can also download individual state Network snapshots via the interactive map of NFSN Member Networks.
Family Support and Strengthening Network Video
This brief video from the Family Resource Center Association in Colorado illustrates the work of a Family Support and Strengthening Network.
Research on Family Support and Strengthening Networks
This research on Family Support and Strengthening Networks was conducted by the OMNI Institute as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- funded Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Project.
This document developed by Casey Family Programs summarizes research on Family Resource Centers and Family Support and Strengthening Networks in relation to other Family Support services.
The National Family Support Network has developed two tools to support Network development. Each of these continua highlights resources available through the NFSN, such as technical assistance and facilitation, to support movement along them.
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 set up and fund Family Resource Centers.
Contact the NFSN Director to discuss specific technical assistance needs.