Family Resource Centers
Family resource centers are community-based flexible, family-focused, and culturally sensitive facilities that provide programs and services based on the needs of the families. Family resource centers, sometimes called family support centers, family centers, parent-child resource centers, family resource schools, or parent education centers, serve diverse populations and are located in a variety of community settings, including churches, school buildings, hospitals, housing projects, restored buildings, or new structures. Family resource centers promote both the strengthening of families through formal and informal support and the restoration of a strong sense of community. Services may include:
The Casey Family Resource Centers Initiative (PDF - 794 KB)
Voices, Spring 2005
Describes the Casey Family Resource Center model and includes a chart of the phases and strategies that lead to empowerment and leadership within the community.
An In-Depth Study of First 5 Centers and Their Visitors: Focus Group and Family Portrait Analysis (PDF - 769 KB)
Applied Survey Research & First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission (2009)
Discusses findings from an evaluation of five family resource centers established in Contra Costa County, CA. The evaluation investigated the attitudes and parenting practices of center families, characteristics of the families, community impressions of the centers, potential enhancements to the centers, and new opportunities.
Executive Summary of Stanislaus County's Family Resource Center/Child Abuse Prevention Project (PDF - 705 KB)
Stanislaus County California Children and Families Commission (2011)
Provides an overview of a community program designed to reduce child neglect/abuse providing support services, differential response services, and educational resources to families at risk for or reported for child neglect/abuse.
Guidelines for New York State Family Resource Centers (PDF - 173 KB)
New York State Office of Children and Family Services & New York State Family Resource Center Network (2011)
Explains what a family resource center (FRC) is, the services FRCs provide, and more. The brochure includes tips for creative outreach approaches and staffing recommendations.
Research Report: Denver Indian Family Resource Center (PDF - 1,106 KB)
American Humane & Rocky Mountain Quality Improvement Center (2007)
Discusses the activities and outcomes of the Denver Indian Family Resource Center's Rocky Mountain Quality Improvement Center, which aims to prevent removal and out-of-home placement, or to promote timely return home, of Indian children who have become involved with the child welfare system due to parental substance abuse, child neglect, or maltreatment.
Re-Visioning Case Management: Partnering With Families and Communities to Create Meaningful Change (PDF - 3635 KB)
Offers a framework to guide family resource center staff in reviewing, discussing, and adapting their approach to case management.
A Study of New York State's Family Resource Center Network (PDF - 636 KB)
Center for Human Services Research (2006)
Provides a background and history of the family support movement, a basic description of the Family Resource Center Network, data from the program's management information system, and results from an administrative survey.
Together We Can!: Santa Barbara County's Commitment to Engaging Fathers (PDF - 298 KB)
Highlights the success of the Santa Barbara Network of Family Resource Centers that has worked with leadership from First 5 Santa Barbara to establish partnerships and practices that strengthen families and communities.
Working With Youth in Family Strengthening Organizations (PDF - 3,215 KB)
California Office of Child Abuse Prevention & Strategies
Working Strategies, 13(2), 2010
Highlights the Community Youth Development (CYD) approach and explores its impact on family resource centers.