Who we are…
The vision of the National Family Support Network (NFSN) is for a strong, cohesive national network of statewide family support & strengthening networks that collectively affects positive outcomes for children, families, and communities.
The mission of the NFSN is to connect statewide networks across the United States to promote quality practice, peer learning, mutual support, and effective policies and systems that support positive outcomes for children, families, and communities.
Connecting and convening member networks to enhance their effectiveness – Increasing connectedness amongst members for peer learning and mutual support through annual national convenings, webinars, monthly phone meetings, bi-monthly e-newsletters, and networking.
Promoting Family Support best practice and evaluation – Raising awareness of what quality Family Support is and promoting a common language, standards, and evaluation of it through the national implementation of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support. These Standards are the first and only standards in the country to integrate and operationalize the Principles of Family Support Practice with the Strengthening Families Framework and its research-based evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors.
Raising the visibility of the value and impact of Family Support and Strengthening networks in order to strengthen and increase support for families nationally – Highlighting both the need to support and strengthen families nationally and the effective, skilled networks, organizations, and workforce needed to do so, including promoting the establishment of networks in states without them.
As the United States’ coordinating body for Family Strengthening & Support networks, the NFSN currently has 11 member networks, comprised of more than 2,000 Family Support and Strengthening organizations, which represent the great geographical and demographic diversity of the nation. Current membership includes networks representing Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
The NFSN is led by a Steering Committee of member network representatives and two Co-Chairs, currently network leaders from Colorado and Pennsylvania.