The mission of the San Francisco Family Support Network is to work collectively to achieve quality programs, coordination of resources, and policies that support all San Francisco families.
We envision a San Francisco made vibrant by healthy, strong, and diverse families who are supported by accessible, well-coordinated, high quality resources and services and by policies that value and promote their well-being.
With the tough economic situation, many families are in need of resources. Yet families often do not know about many benefits they may qualify for or how to navigate systems to obtain them. Since 2008, the SFFSN Family Economic Success Workshop Series has provided more than 20 trainings on economic benefits and programs to more than 350 unduplicated staff from more than 65 community-based organizations, who have in turn helped thousands of San Francisco families to access them.
Congratulations to the 2011 recipients of the SFFSN Family Economic Success Policy Innovation Awards! These awards were presented at the SFFSN's annual Family Economic Success Forum in May 2011. The awards recognize funders, community-based organizations, and City Departments which have significantly advanced the goals of the SFFSN Family Economic Success Policy. The awards are piggy banks painted in the SFFSN colors of orange and blue, which represent families instilling the value of savings from a young age. The 2011 awardees are Parents for Public Schools, Chinatown Families Economic Self-Sufficiency Coalition for its work around English as a Second Language Coordination and Reform, and San Francisco Human Services Agency for Benefits SF.
It has been seven years since more than 30 community-based organizations and public departments representing the diversity of San Francisco met on June 1, 2004 to pick up on the San Francisco Starting Points Initiative Strategic Plan for Supporting Families by planning the establishment of the SFFSN. Since that time, the network has grown significantly, including to more than 50 members and from volunteer staffing to a team of three full-time people. Other key milestones include the development of the SFFSN Family Support Standards and the landmark Family Economic Success Policy Platform.
Family Strengthening Networks like the SFFSN are currently providing significant value across more than one third of California’s 58 counties, yet are often working in isolation. The SFFSN along with the Children's Network of Solano County, FaCT Orange County, Network of Family Resource Centers Santa Barbara County, Strategies, and the Tulare County Family Resource Center Network decided to bring these networks together for the first time by planning and co-sponsoring two convenings on September 29, 2009 and June 28, 2010.
These convenings were hosted by the SFFSN in San Francisco and were each attended by 60 people from more than 20 networks across the state – from Siskiyou to Imperial. As a result, the new California Network of Family Strengthening Networks has emerged, which will promote network connectivity, provide peer support, and lead the development of statewide Family Strengthening Standards. SFFSN Director Andrew Russo serves as the Northern California Co-Chair along with Mary Ann Soden from FaCT Orange County as the Southern California Co-Chair.
When: Friday, May 17, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Here's the link for more information and to register:
Deadline to Register: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 5pm
This event is free for SF Family Support Network Members ($20 for non-Members) and will include a networking breakfast of breakfast burritos, churros, fruit, hot chocolate, and coffee. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
For more information about the program and to obtain the Site Certification agreement form, please contact Marian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-554-8433.
San Francisco Family Support Network is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco School Alliance.