A "family resource center" ("FRC") generally refers to community-based resource hubs where families can access formal and informal supports to promote their health and well-being. These FRCs are sometimes located in apartment complexes, schools, health centers, libraries, community centers, storefronts, and churches, among other places.
The National Family Support Network (NFSN) is made up of statewide networks of two or more family support and strengthening programs, such as FRCs. According to the NFSN, FRCs most commonly offer parenting support, access to resources, child development activities, and parent leadership development services.
Other terms are sometimes used to describe the same type of services provided by an FRC, such as:
There are a number of FRCs or FSCs throughout Washington.
A "family resource center" ("FRC") is defined to mean a unified single point of entry where families, individuals, children, and youth in communities can obtain information, an assessment of needs, referral to, or direct delivery of family services in a manner that is welcoming and strength-based. An FRC is designed to meet the needs, cultures, and interests of the communities the FRC serves.
Family services may be delivered directly to a family at the FRC by the FRC staff or by providers who contract with or have provider agreements with the FRC.
Each FRC must have one or more family advocates who screen and assess a family's needs and strengths.
(In support) The family resource centers (FRCs) provide assistance to families and help families thrive. The FRCs help families reach self-sufficiency and reach their potential.
Twenty-five years ago there was a focus on preventing crime and child abuse when responding to families in crisis. The focus now is on prevention and providing families with the supportive services needed to keep families safe.
The pandemic has shown how crucial the FRCs are.
Families often lack the support needed to keep their families together. Children are sometimes removed from parents based on future risk that could be mitigated if the appropriate services were provided.
The FRCs help families before they are involved with child protective services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, training was provided by the FRCs to service providers and families and helped describe the latest public health information.