California Family Resource Association
 
 

Public Policy

WHAT WE KNOW

Communities thrive when job opportunities are widely available, when health and mental health care are accessible to families, and when children come to school ready to learn. When communities thrive, families are more likely to succeed. And when families succeed, children tend to be safer, healthier and more secure.

POLICY PRIORITIES

Our policy agenda is informed by our membership. Our policy agenda builds on the work of other organizations and advocacy efforts and will evolve as we gain greater understanding into what works to build strong families and strong communities.

CHILD WELFARE

Prevention and early intervention programs that help children and families before difficulties escalate into emergency situations that force entry into the state's child welfare system.

HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH

Programs that support the early identification of health and mental health needs of children and families before circumstances become more challenging to address.

FAMILY ECONOMIC SUCCESS

Supports and services that set families on the road to self-sufficiency and that preserve family income.

SCHOOL READINESS

Promotion of children's readiness for school and the vital role families play in getting children ready to learn.

OUR APPROACH

We advocate for common sense approaches that help families achieve stability and self-sufficiency by developing community resources and building on the strengths, commitments and integrity of families.

Common Sense Solutions
For example:
  • Getting families help in times of need
  • Helping families use their strengths to meet ongoing challenges
  • Engaging extended family members and friends in solving problems
  • Connecting families to community resources, including support from other families, at the first sign of trouble
  • Measuring outcomes and building on what works
Programs That Help Families Help Themselves
For example:
  • Early care and parenting
  • Family literacy development
  • Job development and employment training
  • Addiction treatment and support
  • School-based health care services
Community Resources That Help Families Succeed
For example:
  • Public transportation
  • Faith communities
  • After-school activities
  • Safe neighborhood programs
  • Small business development

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