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 Resource Centers or Family Strengthening organizations 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.
To learn more about these Networks, please see the data report from the Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Project and interactive map of the National Family Support Network Members here.
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. 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. Each of these continua includes resources available through the NFSN, such as technical assistance and facilitation, to support movement along them. Contact the NFSN Director of Training to discuss your technical assistance needs.