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Family Support

Seattle Family Resource Centers

Seattle Family Resource Centers (FRCs) are operated by different community agencies from a network of places where families can go to get connected, grow friendships and build a sense of community. FRCs are created around the simple idea that when people need help, they should be able to get it, from people who respect them and understand their culture. FRCs are built on the philosophy of the Family Support Principles.

The primary goal of FRCs is to promote healthy families and strengthen adults in their roles as parents, nurturers and providers. FRCs increase or improve:

  • Self-determination and resourcefulness
  • Community safety and livability
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Childhood early learning and school success
  • Civic participation

Seattle's FRCs work with other agencies and programs to offer many social, educational, and recreational activities for families. Activities are held both at the FRC and off-site with partnering agencies. Most FRCs offer activities in a variety of languages. Centers develop their own specific activities to meet the interest and needs of their community, but all FRCs offer the following core services:

  • Information, referral and advocacy services
  • Parent Education / Support
  • Parent-child play groups and family activities
  • Family involvement and schools
  • Life skills training (literacy, computer classes, CPR, family finances, resume preparation and health information)
  • Resources such as clothing, food, bus coupons and back-to-school supplies

Some FRCs offer the following additional services:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Children/youth programs
  • Family advocacy
  • Child Care Family Advocates

FRCs connect nearly 10,000 families to the people, places and programs they need each year. They offer activities to support all family members, other parents to talk to who have similar concerns, and staff and volunteers who care about what happens to families in our community. There is no eligibility requirement or charge for participation all families are welcome, regardless of economic, education, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Most participating families have children or care for children and youth up to age 18.

Each FRCs offers a different blend of activities. Check out the FRCs Web sites below to find out what they each offer. Or, call or stop in to request a calendar of coming events and activities. Seattles Teen Parent Support Program is offered at three Seattle FRCs to meet specific challenges faced by pregnant and teen parents.

Child Care Family Advocates are located at two FRCs serving southeast and southwest Seattle. The family advocates are available to assist and provide support to children and their families and staff in family child care, center-based, and school-based programs under contract with the City of Seattles Child Care Assistance Program. In addition, they assist informal caregivers as well as providers served by the Citys Child Care Nutrition Program and in Step Ahead preschools.

The City of Seattle has been funding FRCs for many years. Many FRCs receive funding and operational support from a variety of other sources. Allocations to the nonprofit, community-based organizations operating Seattle FRCs are determined through a competitive process that is conducted by the Seattle Human Services Department generally every four years. Continued funding during funding cycles depends upon program performance and funding availability. The current funding cycle ends on December 31, 2014. In 2014, the funding allocation for FRCs in Seattle is approximately $1,581,331.


2014 Funded Agencies and Programs

View the map showing where Seattle FRCs are located.


Information

For more information about Seattle FRCs please contact Virginia Eader, Program Specialist at 206-233-7090 or virginia.eader@seattle.gov.

For more information about Seattle Human Services Department-funded services for children and families, call 206-386-1017 or e-mail childrenandfamilies@seattle.gov.

For information about our partners and related programs, contact the agencies listed above or the 2-1-1 Community Information Line by dialing 211 or 1-800-621-4636.

View the Family Resource Center Flyer.

 

 

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.