Family Resource Centers Support Communities
The Family Resource Center Association (FRCA) supports a network of member Family Resource Centers (FRCs) across Colorado. Our Member Centers operate as stand-alone organizations that provide safe, accessible places for families to receive support and referrals. FRCs connect families with comprehensive, coordinated services that help them achieve their own goals for success. Programs at each center are tailored to the culture, resources, and needs of the community they serve and focus on building on the strengths of each family and family member. FRCA’s Member Centers follow the Colorado state statute guidelines for operating as a Family Resource Center and utilize FRCA’s service delivery model.
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Premises of Family Support Programs
Primary responsibility for the development and well-being of children lies within the family, and all segments of society must support families as they rear their children.
Assuring the well-being of all families is the cornerstone of a healthy society and requires universal access to support programs and services.
Children and families exist as part of an ecological system.
Child-rearing patterns are influenced by parents’ understandings of child development and of their children’s unique characteristics, personal sense of competence, and cultural and community traditions and mores.
Enabling families to build on their own strengths and capacities promotes the healthy development of children.
The developmental processes that make up parenthood and family life create needs that are unique at each stage in the life span.
Families are empowered when they have access to information and other resources and take action to improve the well-being of children, families and communities.
Principles of Family Support Practice
Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and respect.
Staff enhance families’ capacity to support the growth and development of all family members — adults, youth and children.
Families are resources to their own members, to other families, to programs, and to communities.
Policies and practices affirm and strengthen families’ ethnic, racial and linguistic identities and enhance their ability to function in a multicultural society.
Programs are embedded in their communities and contribute to the community-building process.
Programs advocate with families for services and systems that are fair, responsive and accountable to the families served.
What Our Members Are Saying
Even though some of our Centers look different across the state, we have the same core values and practices. It’s definitely community among the Centers with FRCA.Helen Sedlar, Executive Director, Mountain Family Center