Family Resource Centers (FRC) play a critical role in preventing child abuse and neglect, strengthening children and families, and connecting families to an array of county support systems of care. FRCs offer support services and resources in many languages, which may include newsletters, resource libraries, websites, parent-to-parent groups, sibling support groups, warmlines, and information and referral for parents and professionals. As part of Governor Newsom’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to support children at-risk of foster care as those within the foster care system, the Governor awarded an additional $3 million in funding to allow FRCs to provide direct support and services to families, including material items, assistance with isolation needs, parenting resources, and staff time to help link families to other state and federal supports (e.g. food, housing, etc.).
This webinar provided an overview of FRCs and, specifically, the work they are doing to support children and families who need additional support during the pandemic. The webinar also featured several FRCs who shared their model and best practices.