Family Resource Centers: Vehicles For Change

A Four-Part Webinar Series

This four-part webinar series provides a comprehensive, deeper dive into the themes, messages, and frameworks presented in Family Resource Centers, Vehicles for Change – volume 2. The series will focus on the elements that make FRCs unique platforms for strengthening families and communities and highlight organizations whose work exemplifies the topics. Each interactive webinar will define the topic, give examples, and provide concrete tools and resources to enhance understanding, learning, and application. The series also acts as a spark or springboard for family resource centers and other family strengthening organizations to participate in the Family Resource Center Core Training, available Summer 2019. These webinars are for:

  • Executive directors, supervisors, managers, and/or program directors of family resource centers and family strengthening organizations
  • Family resource center network partners and leaders
  • Family advocates, case managers, and staff working directly with families
  • FRC partners including First 5, county and community agencies
  • Funders, investors, and policymakers
  • Capacity builders for family strengthening organizations

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VIEW RECORDINGS for the past webinars


1/22/19: Family Resource Centers: Incubators for Innovation

Learn what makes FRCs different from other service delivery platforms and how FRCs can utilize the Social Determinants of Health to approach their work. We’ll share the Practice Methods Framework and feature a case study from El Modena FRC in Orange County to demonstrate how it has been used to organize FRC services and activities.

  1. Understand the unique characteristics of FRCs
  2. Define the elements that distinguish FRCs from other service delivery platforms (through the lens of the Social Determinants of Health)
  3. Apply the FRC Practice Methods as a way to adopt a framework that promotes family and community well-being

2/15/19: Reciprocity as Participant Engagement

In an FRC, participants both receive from and contribute to the organization and their community through participation and leadership. We will explore how FRC flexibility and adaptability contribute to an environment of mutual exchange and benefit. We are pleased to be interviewing Little House by the Park in Guadalupe, Santa Barbara County. By the end of the webinar, you will be able to:

  1. Define reciprocity in the context of family resource center engagement
  2. Assess opportunities for families to contribute to the well-being of their families and neighborhoods
  3. Generate strategies to maximize participation

3/6/19: Community Development FRC Style

Through FRC activities, families become involved with others in their neighborhood or community and with the environment around them. This often motivates people to take action to make improvements. This webinar explores methods to assess community assets and needs and how to utilize an asset-based community development approach. We will conduct an interview with Special Parents Information Network in Santa Cruz County. By the end, you will be able to:

  • Define Asset Based Community Development
  • Understand the value of utilizing this approach to design and implement programs and activities
  • Identify opportunities to utilize the ABCD approach


4/26/19: The FRC as a Learning Organization

Explore how a culture of learning leads to innovation, satisfaction, and positive results. We will look at the elements of a learning organization and provide tools for you to reflect on your own organization. By the end of the webinar, you will be able to::

  1. Define the elements of a Learning Organization
  2. Understand how learning and innovation are connected
  3. Identify opportunities to establish a learning organization

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Webinar Series Facilitator

Principal at Judi Sherman and Associates, Judi has supported the field of Family Strengthening and local and state government for over 25 years. Her practice includes work with the California Department of Social Services, family resource centers across the state of California, their public and private partners, cross-sector coalitions and networks, and community change initiatives to advance their mission, enhance their programs, develop policy, and engage community. She has authored several resources for the field including “Family Resource Centers, Vehicles for Change: the Evolving Field“, “Re-visioning Case Management” and “A Deeper Dive into Advocacy – a Case Study“, and is curator of the “NICE Guide (Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement)” providing resources to integrate social service and social change efforts.

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