Family Resource/Community Centers
In partnership with the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency (A-TCAA), First 5 Amador helps fund the following two Family Resource Centers:
FRCs provide families with local (neighborhood or community) services to meet the needs of that community. FRCs provide social and educational resources and supports, and staff are generally considered “experts” in connecting the children and families in the community to the best resources or supports to meet their needs.
A national and state network of Family Support Agencies/Family Resource Centers exists. Family Support America, a nonprofit organization, serves as a national catalyst, clearinghouse, and thought leader in family support, based on a bedrock belief: If you want to help families, ask parents what they want – this approach provides the framework for how most FRCs function.
Recognition of the value and importance of FRCs in assisting families is growing throughout California. The Foundation Consortium has funded development of a business plan and the initial implementation of a statewide Association to support FRCs/FSAs.