A2: Family Resource Centers: What Do We Know About Their Outcomes? Their Cost-Effectiveness? Most Promising Funding Sources?

Area of Focus: Child, Family, and Community Well-Being
Content Level: Doer

Do family support strategies make a difference? This workshop will begin with an update on Family Resource Centers (FRC) located across the U.S. and then highlight a wide range of FRC outcome and cost-benefit findings. Presenters will share the results of a new meta-analysis study that examined the impact of FRCs across key child welfare outcomes, including the rates of accepted child protective services referrals, substantiated child protective services referrals, and child placements in out-of-home care. After reviewing what we know about the cost-benefit of FRCs, presenters will close with information about the most promising funding streams to consider to pay for FRCs.

Learning Objectives

  • National trends related to FRCs
  • Learn about FRC outcomes and cost-savings ratios
  • Learn about the most common and most promising funding sources for FRCs


Peter Pecora
Managing Director of Research Services
Casey Family Programs

Brenda McChesney
Co-Founder & Associate Director
National Family Support Network

Janica Lockhart
Chief Impact Officer
AKIN Family Services

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