Founded in 2005, the California Family Resource Association (CFRA) is a statewide membership association of over 350 organizations that serve children and families. Our purpose is to advocate for the programs, policies, and resources that enable Family Resource Centers (FRCs) to better serve families and communities. We do this by building the capacity of our member organizations, convening partners for shared learning and planning, and supporting the development of networks and coalitions to achieve greater impact.
On April 13, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom announced, during Child Abuse Prevention Month, $42 million in new investments to protect younger Californians who are at heightened risk for abuse and mistreatment due to COVID-19. “Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable and nurturing environment free from fear, abuse and neglect,” said Governor Newsom. The Governor also stated that $3 million in funding be distributed to Family Resource Centers. “Family Resource Centers play a critical role in preventing child abuse and neglect, strengthening children and families, and connecting families to an array of county support systems of care. This funding will provide direct support and services to foster families, including material items, assistance with isolation needs, parenting resources, and staff time to help link families to other state and federal supports (e.g. food, housing, etc.).”
In response to Governor Newsom’s announcement, CFRA is seeking responses to this Notice of Funding Opportunity from FRCs to receive COVID-19 Family Resource Center Relief Funds to address family needs and maintain continuity of services and operations during the COVID-19 crisis. During the COVID-19 emergency, families need to remain connected to essential community supports which protect California’s most vulnerable children and families. “Social Connections” and “Concrete Support in Times of Need” are the most important of the Protective Factors that can be provided to our most vulnerable children and families.
For purposes of this NOFO, applicants eligible for funding will include Family Resource Centers as defined by SB 436 “…an entity providing family-centered and family-strengthening services that are embedded in communities, culturally sensitive, and include cross-system collaboration to assist in transforming families and communities through reciprocity and asset development based on impact-driven and evidence-informed approaches with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect and strengthening children and families. A family resource center may be located in, or administered by, different entities, including, but not limited to, a local educational agency, a community resource center, or a neighborhood resource center.”
The fund will ensure that FRCs can continue to address family needs and maintain continuity of service operations during the State of Emergency.
NOFO funds to FRCs will provide direct support and services to families in need, including:
- Material items (e.g., food, diapers, cleaning supplies),
- Assistance with isolation needs (e.g., one-time costs for telehealth and remote case management technologies, staff time to provide phone/virtual home visits, connections through social media),
- Parenting resources (e.g., adaptations of parent education),
- Staff time to help link families to other local, state, and federal supports and benefits (e.g. food, housing, etc.), and
- Emergency funds to support the continued operation of FRCs and/or FRC Networks.
Funds are available through June 30, 2020, for a maximum total distribution of $2.8 million. Maximum funding allocation for funding requests will be based on an average amount of $93 per individual beneficiary served. The average of $93 per individual beneficiary served includes the 10% Indirect Rate applicants can apply to funding requests. If total requested funds exceed $2.8 million, awards will be prorated based on the number of individual beneficiaries proposed to be served, geographic distribution, and allocations to counties based on their share of the total state child welfare caseload.