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MISSION

The mission of the National Family Support Network is to promote positive outcomes for all children, families, and communities by leveraging the collective impact of state networks and championing quality family support and strengthening practices and policies.

WEBINAR WEDNESDAYS

The National Family Support Network’s free Webinar Wednesdays series raises awareness of Family Resource Centers, Family Resource Center Networks, and the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.

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February 8, 2023, 2:30pm - 3:45pmET

Developing Family Resource Center Networks: Where Do We Start?

Info & registration here

You can also view a previously recorded session of this Webinar on the Webinar Wednesday page.      

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March 8, 2023, 2:30pm - 3:45pmET

Uncovering America's Best Kept Secret: Family Resource Centers and Family Resource Center Networks

Info & registration here

You can also view a previously recorded session of this Webinar on the Webinar Wednesday page.     

VIRTUAL TRAININGS

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HIGHLIGHTS

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Developing & Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training

February 21 & 22, 2023 

  • For more information and to register by February 20, click here.

 

March 28 & 29, 2023 

  • For more information and to register by March 16 (U.S.) or March 14 (outside of the U.S.), click here.

 

For the full schedule of upcoming trainings, please click here.

Virtual Standards of Quality Certification Training

February 23 & 24, 2023

  • For more information and to register by February 13 (U.S.) or February 9 (outside of the U.S.), click here.

March 23 & 24, 2023

  • For more information and to register by March 13 (U.S.) or March 9 (outside of the U.S.), click here.

For the full schedule of upcoming trainings, please click here.

Standards of Quality Training of Trainers Institutes

NFSN Member Networks representatives can learn more, view requirements, and apply here ​​

  • February 27- March 3, 2023 - Mountain & Pacific Time Zones -        Deadline to apply: January 27

  • March 27- 31, 2023 - Eastern & Central Time Zones -                           Deadline to apply: March 3

  • September 25-29, 2023 - Eastern & Central Time Zones  -                   Deadline to apply: August 18  

  • October 23-27, 2023 - Mountain & Pacific Time Zones  -                    Deadline to apply: September 15   

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Family Resource Center Learning Hub Launches

The NFSN launched the Family Resource Center Learning Hub, a valuable new free resource developed in partnership with Families Canada by a diverse planning committee with the support of Casey Family Programs.  The Hub is designed to provide tools and sample materials for those seeking to develop individual Family Resource Centers.  The Hub is organized into the six phases of the newly-released Developing a New Family Resource Center ContinuumEach phase includes accompanying resources.

2022 Virtual Together for Families Conference

The third biennial Together for Families Conference was the biggest ever - bringing together nearly 550 participants from 5 countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States on Oct 19-21. Co-Hosted by the National Family Support Network, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Families Canada, the conference featured 97 diverse presenters in the Family Support and Strengthening Field to focus on best and promising practices for supporting families' advancement. Participant evaluations indicated that 100% rated their overall impression of the conference as good, very good, or excellent with 87% rating it as very good or excellent, and 96% rated the conference as useful to very useful for informing their work. This 4-minute highlights video provides staff and Parent Leader perspectives on Together for Families 2022. 

2022 National Briefing Held

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.  Access the recordings and materials here

 

 

 

Case Studies Demonstrate Family Resource Centers Save Child Welfare System Millions
The OMNI Institute has released two new reports on cost savings FRCs yield for rural and urban child welfare systems by reducing families' involvement in them.  The research was supported by Casey Family Programs.

The key findings are: 

  • In 2017, reductions in child maltreatment cases in Westminster FRC's Orange County community saved the child welfare system an estimated $1.82M; in 2016 this savings was estimated at $1.1M. For every $1 invested in Westminster FRC in 2016 and 2017, the Orange County child welfare system saved an estimated $3.65. 

  • After a formal partnership between Community Partnership FRC and Teller County child welfare was established, the county saved an estimated $2.5M associated with reductions in child welfare cases. For every $1 invested in Community Partnership FRC, the Teller County child welfare system saved an estimated $2.92 

The recording and materials from the webinar that launched the reports can be found on the Webinar Wednesday page.

Family Resource Centers & COVID-19: Here to Help

In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, when families are more challenged than ever, Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are uniquely positioned to be of support.  Learn how their valuable work is being leveraged to respond to this crisis at the community level, state level, and Federal policy level.

Kentucky's Family Resource Centers have been providing "Drive-by Cheer-ups" for families, complete with signs, bubbles, music, and dancing - all while practicing safe social distancing!  These caravans of cheer have become a welcome sight for home-bound families across the state, distributing stress-relieving bubble wands to help "blow worries away."

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