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Centers to receive state funding for direct support and services to families in need

Posted at 10:53 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 13:53:42-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Family Resource Association today announced a partnership with the California Department of Social Services’ Office of Child Abuse Prevention to distribute $3 million to family resource centers throughout the state.

As part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s investment of $42 million to protect foster youth and families, these emergency relief funds will be distributed through CFRA.

The funding will go directly to communities with family resource centers, which support families in need of assistance and will operate through June 30.

“Family resource centers up and down The Golden State play a critical role in preventing child abuse and neglect, strengthening children and families and connecting families to an array of county support systems of care,” said Sheila Boxley, president and CEO of The Child Abuse Prevention Center. “We are honored to be a part of the solution in helping families receive much-needed relief to take care of their families and ensure that children here in California have the necessities of life they need to thrive.”

These emergency relief funds will provide direct support and services to families in need, including:

  • Material items such as food, diapers, cleaning supplies, etc.;
  • Assistance with isolation needs that include one-time costs for telehealth and remote case management technologies, staff time to provide phone or virtual home visits, connections through social media and similar needs;
  • Parenting resources (e.g., adaptations of parent education);
  • Staff time to help link families to other state and federal support and benefits such as food, housing, etc.

“CFRA will collaborate with its network of more than 300 family resource centers in 50 counties to provide families in need with critical resources that will keep kids safe and strengthen families during this time,” added Boxley.