Vehicles For Change

Family Resource Centers
Vehicles for Change, Volume I:
The California Family Resource Center Learning Circle
In 2000, “Family Resource Centers, Vehicles for Change” was presented to the field as the seminal document describing family resource centers (FRCs) and how they are a unique platform for service delivery and community engagement. Today, it is treasured as a guide to defining the key characteristics and activities of quality FRCs and how they function as a vehicle for change for families and communities.


Family Resource Centers
Vehicles for Change, Volume II
The Evolving Field
The new monograph, “Vehicles for Change, Volume II, The Evolving Field”, emerged in response to widespread interest to tell the continuing story of FRCs and the field of family strengthening. It describes the factors that have contributed to the growth and development of FRCs and how they have responded to the growing body of research and best practice, while remaining anchored in a deep and rich history invested in the well-being of children, families, and communities.

The monograph refreshes the definition of the field based on the unique methods of FRC service delivery and community change efforts driven by relationships, reciprocity, and community development. This perspective serves to unite FRCs across the state as a “field of practice” and illustrates the environment necessary for FRCs to thrive.


Revisioning Case Management

This monograph is founded on the research and writing of Katherine Armstrong, who worked in partner- ship with the Contra Costa County Service Integration Program (SIP) to “develop cutting-edge family case management practices for California family resource centers” through funding provided by the S. H. Cowell Foundation (2008). Staff and families of the SIP, guided by the leadership of SIP Manager Paul Buddenha- gen, shared their expertise and stories with Ms. Armstrong to shape the direction of this project.


Up Valley FRCs & Emergency Response report

CFRA advocates for the innovative public policies and resources that enable our members to help families and communities thrive and succeed. We do this by educating policymakers, building champions, raising the visibility of FRC/FSOs, and impacting state and regulatory policy.

CFRA also builds the capacity of our members to mobilize and organize for policy change, to partner with local government and community allies, and to achieve sustainability. We are working to build vibrant communities that put children and families first. Through our collaboration with other organizations, we seek to move children and families to the forefront of policymaking in California. Our core functions are three-fold:

  • Public Policy – Educating policymakers about proven strategies for strengthening families. Understanding the needs of children and families – and how best to meet those needs – is crucial to effective public policy. CFRA works to inform state and local policymakers about proven strategies and common sense approaches for developing families’ strengths, and to secure resources for programs that support children and families economically, socially and educationally.
  • Capacity Building – Building the capacity of organizations to inform policy and achieve sustainability. Community-based organizations provide crucial support to millions of California families. In partnership with technical assistance providers, CFRA works with local organizations to document what works and to use this information to achieve lasting outcomes. CFRA also works to secure funding for family-strengthening services and programs.
  • Networking – Developing community and statewide networks that link people, resources and information. Networking is key to providing essential services to families whose needs often cut across programs and jurisdictions. By connecting organizations and individuals that serve families, CFRA works to share best practices, identify common resources and develop a unified policy approach to ensure the success of families and communities.

Some of the coalitions and meetings CFRA attends on behalf of our members.