About Us

Established in 1998, the Family Resource Center Association (FRCA) supports Family Resource Centers (FRCs) and other partners in their vital work to help families thrive. FRCs are family-friendly access points for numerous services tailored to the culture, resources, and needs of the communities they serve and use a whole family approach to help families achieve personal and family sustainability.

As an intermediary and partner, FRCA provides expert training, technical assistance, and evaluation expertise to support a network of member FRCs and other partner organizations using a comprehensive approach to strengthen families. FRCA is advancing the field of family support and strengthening with a unique, replicable model that shows statistically-significant improvement in family stability, health, and well-being.

Our Work

Supporting & Growing Family Resource Centers

FRCA supports a network of member Family Resource Centers across the state of Colorado. Our Member Centers operate as stand-alone organizations that provide safe, accessible places for families to receive support services and referrals. FRCA provides membership options for existing FRCs, organizations interested in becoming an FRC, and support to communities seeking to establish an FRC. Learn more about membership here.

Service Delivery Model & Colorado Family Support Assessment (CFSA2.0) Tool

FRCA’s support model uses a strengths-based, family-centered approach toward improved family health and well-being. The CFSA2.0 is a reliable family-level index of family functioning which uses an interview format to identify family strengths and areas for growth and change. Learn more about implementing the model and administering the tool here.

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

Staff

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Board Members

The Family Resource Center Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

  • Chris McNicholas – President
    SSA Group
  • Joanne Reilly – Treasurer
    BOK Financial
  • Chris Perlitz – Secretary
    Municipal Capital Markets Group, Inc.
    • John Orr – Past President
      PNC Bank
      • Jim Henderson – President Elect
        Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
      • Mariel Balbuena
        La Plata Family Centers Coalition
      • Suzanne Crawford
        Sister Carmen Community Center
      • Kathy Kennedy
        Fremont County Family Center / Starpoint
      • Jodi Mijares
        Community Partnership Family Resource Center
      • Ida Rhodes
        Catholic Charities of Southern Colorado
      • Helen Sedlar
        Mountain Family Center
      • Gwen Swenson-Hale
        Communication First, Inc.
        • Judy Vorndran
          TaxOps