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New Family Support Services Grants Expand Capacity in Family Resource Centers

posted Mar 11, 2016, 8:51 AM by Nicole Grabowski - CDHS
DENVER (March 10, 2016) – The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced today it is awarding Family Support Services grants totaling $600,000 to 10 Family Resource Centers across the state, helping these facilities enhance and increase coordinated family case management. 

The grants provide multi-year funding to the 10 Centers to employ additional family advocates and redesign the role of current staff. The sites expect to expand services to a larger number of families early this summer. 

Grant recipients span the following counties and facilities: Alamosa (La Llave Family Resource Center); Denver (Families Forward Family Resource Center); El Paso (Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Central Colorado); Jefferson (Mountain Resource Center); La Plata (La Plata Family Centers Coalition); Larimer (The Family Center/La Familia); Montezuma (The Pinon Project); Pueblo (Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Pueblo); Summit (Family and Intercultural Resource Center); and Teller (Community Partnership Family Resource Center). 

“Family Resource Centers are important statewide community partners, offering programs that strengthen families and keep children safe,” Mary Anne Snyder, Director of the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, said. “The grants help centers ensure families attain their goals and thrive, building stronger communities.” 

The Family Resource Center program was established by the state in 1993 to develop local agencies that provide support to families, supplying them with the knowledge and tools needed to become self-reliant. Coordinated family case management includes an evaluation of a family’s strengths and needs, goal setting, and the development of an action plan. A family advocate provides ongoing support, including referrals to other needed resources or programs and encouragement as they work towards self-sufficiency. 

Concurrent to announcing the Family Supports Services grant, CDHS has also awarded a grant to the Family Resource Center Association (FRCA) to serve as the state intermediary for the Colorado Family Resource Center model. This model has been recognized as a Promising Practice for Poverty Reduction by the Colorado General Assembly’s Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force. As the model intermediary, the FRCA will work with all Family Support Services grantees to provide training, capacity building expertise, and ongoing coaching to ensure successful implementation of coordinated family case management in their communities.
Nicole Grabowski - CDHS,
Mar 11, 2016, 8:51 AM