Common Goals & Characteristics

Common Goals:

  • Promote safety and permanency in homes and communities through prevention efforts aimed at child abuse, domestic violence, gang activity, and substance abuse.
  • Increase accessibility to health and mental health care including preventative health care and substance abuse.
  • Increase availability and accessibility of quality childcare and youth programs.
  • Assist families in obtaining access to resources so that they may achieve economic self-sufficiency.
  • Strengthen parenting skills among biological, kinship, foster, and adoptive parents and blended families.
  • Assist students in achieving success in school.

Common Characteristics:

Location: A place that is user-friendly, easy to access, with high foot traffic; an area that is already a congregation area, i.e., a retail shopping strip or community center.

Family Focus: Activities and services designed for all age groups; culturally sensitive.

One-Stop-Shop for Services: Information and referrals, educational seminars, support groups, prevention oriented classes, home visitation and counseling.

Center Based & Outreach Oriented: Provide services in family homes and satellite sites such as schools or childcare centers.

Coordinated vs. Duplicated Services: Partner with existing service providers.

Strong Resident/Parent Involvement: Involve local residents in planning, designing and implementing activities at FRC’s with staff serving as professional consultants in partnership with the community.

Volunteerism: To assist in service delivery and serve as ambassadors in the community to promote ownership and sustainability.

Establish Collaborative Process: FRC’s need to work in partnership with the community including stakeholders, program providers and especially local residents.

Funding: A wide variety of public and private funding streams are drawn down from public systems, private philanthropic and business sectors in order to provide comprehensive and flexible services.