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.
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
The Family Resource Center Association is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
- Chris McNicholas – President
- Joanne Reilly – Treasurer
- Chris Perlitz – Secretary
Municipal Capital Markets Group, Inc.
- John Orr – Past President
- 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