FRCA Model

The Family Resource Center Association’s mission is to equip our statewide network of Family Resource Centers with research, evaluation, training, and streamlined standards of quality. The following are some of the key components used across our Member Centers to provide services to their communities.

Our Member Centers work with families in a strength-based way, building on each family’s expertise and desire for change as they work to achieve their goals.


Ongoing Research:

Key Components of Family Resource Center
Reliability Study Manuscript and Abstract

FRCA works with OMNI Institute to gather and analyze data related to our Member Family Resource Centers and the families they serve. OMNI partnered with FRCA in identifying key components of Family Resource Centers. Read the literature review for Key Components of Family Resource Centers.

OMNI also worked with us to produce a reliability study for our Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0, an assessment tool that measures family progress toward self-reliance in families served by Colorado Family Resource Centers. We collaborated with OMNI Institute and the University of Colorado, Boulder conduct the study. It was accepted by SAGE Journals for publication. Read the study’s manuscript or see the abstract.

Efforts to Outcomes (ETO)™

ETO is a software solution designed to track the effectiveness of programs, demonstrate impact and improve program implementation.  In partnership with OMNI Institute, our ETO™ database has been customized to gather and report on family outcomes in a significant way.  Together with our members we monitor and refine the data gathering and reporting process to achieve reporting that is robust and meaningful for our funders and program implementation. Learn more about how FRCA uses ETO.

For more information about ETO, please follow this link to the OMNI Institute.

Protective Factors

Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to build family strengths and family environment to promote optimal child development and, therefore, reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors for families:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Family Resource Center Common Demographic and Screening Survey

When families seek certain services at our Member Family Resource Centers, they are asked to fill out a survey in order to determine which services they need and are ready to receive.

Colorado Family Resource Center Model

The Colorado Family Resource Center Model is a comprehensive approach to helping vulnerable families become more self-sufficient across multiple areas of family stability. View the Family Resource Center Model.

Colorado Revised Statute: Family Resource Center Program

Established in 1993 by the 59th General Assembly of the state of Colorado through Senate Bill 131.  The current Family Centers Statute, Legislative Declaration 26-18-101 guides the work of the Family Resource Center Program. All FRCA member centers operate under these guidelines.

Family Centers Statute, Legislative Declaration 26-18-101 – last amended July 2010. View the full statue.