Family Support 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

What is a Family Support and Strengthening Network?

This document developed by the NFSN summarizes the types, functions, developmental stages, and positive impacts of Family Support and Strengthening Networks.

2019 State Network Snapshots

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.

Research on Family Support and Strengthening Networks

Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Project - Data Report Executive Summary

Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Project  - Full Data Report

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.

Outcome and Cost-Savings Data for Selected Types of Family Support Services

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.