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.
It has been more than 11 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.
SFFSN has played an important role as a host for conveningsbrining together 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. In 2015, SFFSN also hosted the First National Summit on the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support, which brought together over 120 direct service providers and funders to discuss how the Standards affect the work they do. For more information on CNFSN, visit their website: cnfsn.org
San Francisco Family Support Network is fiscally sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse California.