Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care, announced on January 16 that it selected the First 5 San Francisco-led Family Resource Center (FRC) Initiative as one of two recipients nationwide of the Jim Casey Building Communities of Hope Award. The award recognizes communities that have brought together public, business, nonprofit, philanthropic and community partners to improve the safety and success of children and their families.
The FRC Initiative was singled out for recognition, thanks to a 60 percent reduction in the substantiated rate of child abuse in San Francisco since First 5, the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families, and the Human Services Agency joined forces to launch the initiative. Twenty-six FRCs operate throughout the city to provide a range of supportive parenting services such as child care, counseling, education, mentoring, care management, concrete needs like food and diapers, and other activities that strengthen families and build protective factors proven to mitigate maltreatment.
“The winners of these awards are making the world a better place for children and families,” said David C. Mills, chair of the Board of Trustees of Casey Family Programs. “They are helping others navigate life’s challenges, serving as role models and advocating for improvements to the systems that help ensure the safety and success of children and their families. We are honored to recognize their accomplishments and the critical work they are doing.”