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Family Resource Centers: Engaging & Supporting Fathers to Succeed

September 14 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm PDT

• How do Family Resource Centers (FRCs) intentionally engage and build connections and trust with fathers in their communities?
• What strategies do FRCs use to effectively work with diverse fathers?
• What positive outcomes have been achieved through father engagement?

Research has shown that when fathers are involved in the lives of their children, children learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. This webinar from the National Family Support Network will explore how Family Resource Centers (FRCs) intentionally engage and support fathers in their communities. The Edgewood FRC in California, The Family Room FRC in Vermont, and the Anacostia Family Success Center at Martha’s Table in the District of Columbia will share both their successes and lessons learned from their work with African American fathers, Latino fathers, and refugee fathers.

There are more than 3,000 Family Resource Centers (FRCs) in 36 states and the District of Columbia working with more than 2 million people annually. Yet because they have emerged organically without dedicated federal funding, they are often described as “America’s best kept secret.”

FRCs are community or school-based welcoming hubs of support, services, and opportunities for families that:
• Utilize an approach that is multi-generational, strengths-based, and family-centered.
• Reflect and are responsive to community needs and interests
• Provide support at no or low cost for participants
• Build communities of peer support for families to develop social connections that reduce isolation and stress.