National Family

Support Network

Briefing

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Each May, the National Family Support Network holds the National Briefing, an interactive virtual event designed for stakeholders working at the systems and policy levels.  The event focuses attention on the value of Family Resource Centers and Family Resource Center Networks, explores how and why FRCs continue to be scaled across the country,  and highlights progress towards and opportunities for implementing the Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Strategic Recommendations.

Past Briefings 

         More than 300 people from 42 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia participated in the 2022               National Briefing on May 11.  The NFSN released the new Network Snapshots profiling the work of

         NFSN Member Networks as well as Supporting & Strengthening Our Nation’s Families: A Blueprint for

         the Development of Strong Networks of Family Resource Centers.  Participant evaluations indicated that

        98% of them found the National Briefing helpful in informing their work.

 

         The Briefing featured:

  • 2021 Recording Link 2021 Presentation Link                                                                                                                                               The 2021 Briefing celebrated the 10th anniversary of the National Family Support Network.  The Briefing featured Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman speaking about why the Commonwealth has allocated $1.1M in state general funds for 24 new school-based FRCs to add to their existing 856 FRCs and designated $15M in federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER II) to fund FRCs to address early childhood and mental health issues.  Washington State Representative Carolyn Eslick (R) explained why she has championed FRCs recently being added to state statute.  Denver Indian FRC Tara McLain Manthey talked about the experience of FRCs working with families through the pandemic and the value of being part of a state Network of FRCs.  Paul Cheung shared his experience as a Chinese immigrant father participating in the Joy Lok Family Resource Center in San Francisco, California.

  • 2020 Recording Link •  2020 Materials Link                                                                                                                                          The 2020 Briefing featured parent Sheila Harewood sharing her experience with an upstate New York Family Resource Center, remarks from U.S. Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner, and an announcement from Alabama Department of Human Resource Commissioner Nancy Buckner about adding FRCs as a line item in the state budget for the first time and securing additional funding for them. More than 400 stakeholders from 48 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and Canada participated.  

National Forum 

Prior to the pandemic, the National Family Support Network conducted an in-person National Forum each May in Washington, DC. 

Past Forums 

”Wonderful. This was well worth our travel. I was so impressed.“  – Forum participant

Maryland Family Network shares its work at 2015 Forum

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2019 National Forum in Washington, DC.

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Panel Speakers on the Value of Investing in Family Support and Strengthening Networks- Christine Calpin (Casey Family Programs), Niurca Louis (NJ Assistant Commissioner of Family and Community Partnerships), and Dr Jerry Milner (Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau) at the 2019 National Forum in Washington, DC.

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“My most valuable takeaways were networking, peer sharing, appreciation for the work everyone is doing, and inspiration for the future.”  
– Forum participant
“What I liked most was the variety of participants and identifying initiatives and opportunities for partnerships.” 
– Forum participant