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