About Us

About the Family Resource Center Association

The Family Resource Center Association provides resources, capacity building, advocacy and partnership opportunities to strengthen Colorado’s statewide network of Family Resource Centers.

our mission

To strengthen families through partnership and collaboration

our vision

We are dedicated to a Colorado in which every family is thriving and self-reliant.

planning and governance

The Family Resource Center Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and guided by a three-year strategic plan identifying key strategies for impact, effectiveness and growth.

Strengthening families through partnership and collaboration

Since 1998, we have worked with our member Family Resource Centers to improve how families are supported in times of need. By working together as a network, we are able to increase the effectiveness of Colorado’s Family Resource Centers by identifying, creating and facilitating training and learning opportunities and managing a shared data collection and reporting system to measure family outcomes toward self-sufficiency.

FRCA helps our Member Centers expand their reach and capacity to serve families, supports the implementation of Family Development programs with proven success and works with Member Centers to increase organizational sustainability. Our mission is to strengthen families through partnership and collaboration. FRCA provides training, technical assistance and evaluation to strengthen Colorado’s statewide network of Family Resource Centers as they bring help and hope to Colorado families.

We are proud that our Colorado Family Resource Center Model has been recognized as a Promising Practice for Poverty Reduction by the Colorado General Assembly’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force.

Funding

Programs
Capacity Building
Innovation

Collaboration

Networking
Partnerships
Peer Learning

Research & Evaluation

Data Tools
Planning Data
Analysis
Evaluation
Reporting

Collective Voice

Advocacy
Alignment
Impact

Training & Standards

Training
Technical Assistance
Quality Standards

FRCA Member Snapshots

Information, data and highlights about each organization in our network

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Family Pathways & CFSA 2.0 Evaluation Report – Executive Summary 2020

This executive summary contains highlights from evaluation findings for families served between July 1, 2019, and May 15, 2020.

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History & Highlights

  • 1993: Colorado Department of Human Services establishes Family Resource Centers Program as a 5-year pilot public-private initiative to help vulnerable families
  • 1998: State program sunsets; 21 existing family centers form the Family Resource Center Association as a statewide network for advocacy and funding
  • 1999-2000: Family Resource Center Association obtains nonprofit status and hires first Executive Director
  • 2001: State partner for family resource centers in legislation moved to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • 2008: FRCA establishes new statewide Healthy Living program with support of The Colorado Health Foundation
  • 2009: FRCA strengthens its statewide Family Development and Self-Reliance program by training 120 family development workers in the evidence-based Family Development Credential
  • 2011: FRCA significantly expands its Healthy Living program with the support of The Colorado Health Foundation
  • 2012: FRCA was recognized as a Promising Practice in Poverty Reduction by the Colorado Poverty Reduction Task Force
  • 2018: FRCA celebrates 25 years of the Family Resource Center program in Colorado with a “Day at the Capitol” and an official proclamation from the Governor’s Office declaring April 10, 2018, “Family Resource Center Day” is issued by the state
  • Today: FRCA’s network provides thousands of families each year with safe, accessible places to connect with comprehensive, coordinated services in their own communities

The Colorado Family Resource Center Association 2019-2020 Evaluation Report Executive Summary is now available

Between July 2019 and May 2020, Colorado’s Family Resource Centers provided more than 166,000 services to 27,800 individuals in 13,221 families. Families demonstrated significant improvements in economic self-sufficiency, health, concrete support in times of need, social support, and family functioning and resiliency both before and after the onset of COVID-19, suggesting that Family Resource Centers provided resources and support to buffer families through the hardships caused by the pandemic.

Read the Executive Summary