The Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support integrate and operationalize the Principles of Family Support Practice with the Strengthening Families Approach and its research-based Five Protective Factors. The standards are designed to be used by all stakeholders – public departments, foundations, community-based organizations, and parents – across different kinds of Family Strengthening and Family Support programs as a tool for planning, providing, and assessing quality practice.
In October of 2013, Colorado offered the first standards training certifying staff members from FRCA and the Family Resource Centers. The standards cover the following practices:
A. Family Centeredness: Working with a family-centered approach that values and recognizes families as integral to the program.
B. Family Strengthening: Utilizing a family strengthening approach to support families to be strong, healthy, and safe, thereby promoting their optimal development.
C. Embracing Diversity: Acknowledging and respecting families’ diversity, supporting their participation in a diverse society, as well as engaging in ongoing learning and adaptation to diversity.
D. Community Building: Contributing to building a strong and healthy community by facilitating families’ social connections, developing their leadership skills, and by collaborating with other services and organizations.
E. Evaluation: Looking at areas of program strength, as well as areas for further development, in order to guide continuous quality improvement and achieve positive results.
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FRCA worked with our centers to increase the quality of data and outcomes. We conducted a pilot project to study the reliability of the Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0 (CFSA 2.0). This tool is an upgraded version of the family well-being matrix our network members have been using for over six years. The Study confirmed that the CFSA 2.0 is a highly reliable tool. FRCA has trained over 200 FRC staff members across Colorado on the CFSA 2.0 administration and is training organizations outside our membership.