Founded in 2009, the California Family Strengthening Network (CFSN) is a membership-based organization comprising various county, regional, and statewide networks that focus on strengthening and supporting families. Each of these networks consists of two or more Family Resource Centers or Family Strengthening organizations.
The mission of the CFSN is to connect family strengthening networks across California to promote quality practice, peer learning, and mutual support.
The vision of the CFSN is that Family Strengthening Networks are part of a strong, cohesive mutual support network that promotes positive outcomes for families, communities, and networks.
The CFSN was established by leaders in the field of family support in 2009 with the goals of:
- Connect and convene member network leaders in order to promote effectiveness, peer learning and peer support
- Promote the implementation of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support (the Standards), through dissemination, training, and capacity building, and
- Explore and implement strategies for sustainability.
In the winter of 2018, members of the current Network approached CFRA to discuss a merger, with the end goal of the Network becoming a committee of CFRA, whose mission and goals align with the Network.
The benefits of a merger include:
- Aligned the field with one voice across the state;
- Support and encourage the field to use quality practices (i.e. ACEs, Standards, Protective Factors);
- Increase impact by creating a system of care across the state to support continued learning, emerging trends and trust building with programs, agencies and networks that are emerging, evolving, and established;
- Stronger strategic positioning with members, funders, and policymakers;
- Retention of experts in the field;
- Increased awareness of issues that impact families to impact policy.