FRCA Model

The Family Resource Center Association equips a statewide network of Family Resource Centers with research, evaluation, training and streamlined standards of quality. The following are some of the key components used across our Member Centers to provide services to their communities.

CFSA2.0 Community of Practice


FRCA developed a Community of Practice for users of the CFSA 2.0 to share a repertoire of resources (experiences, stories, brainstorm stumbling blocks to practice, grow confidence, encourage coordination and synergy). The Community meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday from 12:00PM-1:00PM. Interested in joining our Community? Email [email protected]

Recent Research

Key Components of Family Resource Center
Reliability Study Manuscript and Abstract

FRCA worked with OMNI Institute to gather and analyze data related to our Member Family Resource Centers and the families they serve. OMNI partnered with FRCA in identifying key components of Family Resource Centers. Read the literature review for Key Components of Family Resource Centers.

OMNI also worked with FRCA to produce a reliability study for FRCA’s Colorado Family Support Assessment 2.0, an assessment tool that measures family progress toward self-reliance in families served by Colorado Family Resource Centers. We collaborated with OMNI Institute and the University of Colorado, Boulder, to conduct the study. It was accepted by SAGE Journals for publication. Read the study’s manuscript or see the abstract.

Key Protective Factors

Strengthening Families is a research-informed approach to build family strengths and a family environment to promote optimal child development and, therefore, reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs and communities in building five protective factors for families:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Family Resource Center Common Demographic and Screening Survey

Member Family Resource Centers work with families in a strengths-based way, building on each family’s strengths and desire for change as they work to achieve their goals. When families seek certain services at our Member Centers, they are asked to fill out a survey in order to determine which services they need and are ready to receive.

Colorado Family Resource Center Collective Impact Framework

The Colorado Family Resource Center Collective Impact Framework is a comprehensive approach to helping vulnerable families become more self-sufficient across multiple areas of family stability. View the Family Resource Center Collective Impact Framework

Colorado Revised Statute: Family Resource Center Program

Established in 1993 by the 59th General Assembly of the state of Colorado through Senate Bill 131, the current Family Centers Statute, Legislative Declaration 26-18-101, guides the work of the Family Resource Center Program. All FRCA Member Centers operate under these guidelines.

Family Centers Statute, Legislative Declaration 26-18-101 – last amended July 2010:  View the full statute