About Us

What is the FRCNCA?

The Family Resource Centers Network of California (FRCNCA) is a coalition of California’s 47 Family Resource Centers. The 47 Early Start Family Resource Centers are funded through the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) — Infants and Toddlers Part C. Members are represented on the statewide network through Regional Representatives.

Mission

The mission of the FRCNCA is to support families of children with disabilities, special healthcare needs, and those at risk by ensuring the continuance, expansion, promotion and quality of family-centered, parent-directed, family resource centers.

What are Family Resource Centers?

In California, Early Start Family Resource Centers are part of the Early Start Program. Staffed by families of children with special needs, family resource centers offer parent-to-parent support and help parents, families, and children locate and use needed services. They offer support services and resources in many languages, which may include newsletters, resource libraries, websites, parent-to-parent groups, sibling support groups, warmlines, and information and referral for parents and professionals.

FRCNCA Regions

FRCNCA is composed of 9 geographic regions, representing counties throughout the state of California.

Region No.

Counties

1 Humboldt, Del Norte, Lake, Mendocino, Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc Plumas, Sierra
2 Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Alpine, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne
3 Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo
4 Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Monterey
5 Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
6 Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Fresno, King, Inyo, Mono, Tulare, Kern
7 Los Angeles
8 San Diego, Imperial, Orange
9 Riverside, San Bernardino

Regional Representatives

Each region has a Regional Representative who serves as the contact person for that region. Find the representative for your region.

Region Regional Representative
1
Kat Lowrance
530 – 226-5129
sklowrance@aol.com
 
2
Cindy Chandler
530 – 751-1925
cindy@familysoup.org
Kelly Young (Alternate)
916-922-9276
kelly@warmlinefrc.org
3
Eileen Crumm
510 – 547-7322
eileenc@frnoakland.org
Nora Thompson (Alternate)
415 – 884-3535
norat@matrixaprents.org
4
Mary Ellen Peterson 
408 – 727-5775 x 153
maryellen@php.com
 
5
Laurie Jordan
805 – 288-2544
ljordan@tri-counties.org
Sharlene Agrusa (Alternate)
805-549-8148
sagrusa@ucp-slo.org
6
Susan Graham
661 – 328-9055
susan_graham@heartsfrc.org
Reva Guimont (Alternate)
559 – 229-2000  x 103
Rguimont@exceptionalparents.org
7
Linda Landry
323-717-7411
lindajoyla@aol.com
Yvette Baptiste (Alternate)
626 – 300-9171
ybaptiste@elafrc.org
8
Sherry Torok
619 – 594-7416
storok@mail.sdsu.edu
9
Janice Hinton 
909 – 890-4788
jhinton@inlandrc.org
 

FRCNCA Listerv

This list service is used by the Early Start Family Resource Centers, staff and parents to share information, ask questions about resources, support families and provide current information.

TO SUBSCRIBE email FRCNetworkCA-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

You will receive confirmation and instructions on the next steps (usually you have to reply to the automated message). Once you have done that, the FRCNCA chair receives a message that a person has subscribed and the chair approves the subscription before you are added to the listserve. Please let the chair know if you are an FRC or a family member. All these steps prevent SPAM and may take a couple of days.

 

Grant and Project History

Early Start Plus (2015-current)
The Department of Developmental Services has contracted with the FRCNCA through their 47 statewide Early Start Family Resource Centers (ESFRCs) to provide Early Start Plus services (ESP).  The FRCNCA will administer the ESP at a statewide level by providing technical assistance, contract management including guidance on policies and procedures to the contracted ESFRCs.

Early Start Plus Family Resource Centers provide support to families of children who may be eligible for Early Start services, families of children referred to Family Resource Centers by regional centers, and families of children who are eligible for Early Start Services. Support includes information, education and resources offered through individual and group services, phone lines, in person.

 

The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) (2013 – current)
A cross agency network developed to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices (EBPs) for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the state of California. The FRCNCA serves on the Leadership Team for CAPTAIN.

 

California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities (CECY) (Tarjan Center) (2012 – 2017)
The FRCNCA participates as a member of the Consortium that is implementing a grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Participation includes monthly conference calls, providing feedback on plans, advise on training materials, identifying existing resources related to employment of youth and young adults with disabilities.

 

Prevention Resource and Referral Services (2011-2015)
The Department of Developmental Services contracted with the FRCNCA through their 47 statewide Early Start Family Resource Centers (ESFRCs) to provide Prevention Resource and Referral Services  (PRRS).  The FRCNCA administered the PRRS at a statewide level by providing technical assistance and contract management including guidance on policies and procedures to the contracted ESFRCs.

 

California Consortium for Emergency Preparedness and Developmental Disability (2010)
The FRCNCA participated as a member of the Tarjan Center  Emergency Preparedness Consortium  Participation included monthly conference calls, identification of parent advocates, providing feedback plans, advise on training materials, identify existing resources related to emergency planning for families.

 

Infant Development Association Webinar Contract (April – June 2010)
The FRCNCA provided support to the Infant Development Association’s Communities Can Influence Policy project, funded by Area Board V by developing and coordinating two webinars for family members and by providing input to the IDA Policy webpage.

 

FRCNCA Web Conferencing Project (2009-2011)
The goal of the FRCNCA Web Conferencing Project, funded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation, is to utilize Web Conferencing to develop a comprehensive series of web-based trainings  designed to enhance the skills of collaborative partner staff, other community-based organization staff, and families of children with special health care needs – especially those in rural, frontier and low income urban communities to (1) increase the ability of centers and agencies to provide timely information, education, support, and linkages to appropriate services for hard-to-reach families of children with special health care needs, (2) help generic family resource centers and community-based organizations increase their capacity to provide appropriate referrals for families of children with special need  and (3) provide job readiness and professional development opportunities to families of children with special health care needs, including transitioning youth

 

Strategies Capacity Building for Family Strengthening Networks Stipend (December 2008- June 2009)
The Capacity Building for Family Strengthening Networks Stipend, provided by Strategies, funded the expansion of our online Family Resource Center Handbook which contains more than 60 topics and allows Early Start Family Resource Centers to share forms, information, expertise and resources.

 

FRCNCA Videoconferencing Project (2008-2009)
The goal of the FRCNCA Videoconferencing Project, funded by the California Consumer Protection Foundation, was to utilize videoconferencing to increase the access of families of children with special healthcare needs in rural and frontier communities to accurate and timely information, education and support services.

 

Autistic Spectrum Disorders Resource Project (2007 – 2009)
Implemented by the Family Resource Centers Network of California (FRCNCA) under contract with the Department of Developmental Services,   the intent of this statewide project was to provide consumers and families with a comprehensive collection of information on autism spectrum disorders.  This information is accessible at their local Early Start Family Resource Center as well as on the FRCNCA website. 

 

Partners in Policymaking California Collaborative (2006 – 2010)
Funded by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Partners in Policymaking California (PIPCA) was implemented by the Partners in Policymaking California Collaborative (PIPCC), comprised of Family Voices of California, the Family Resource Centers Network of California, The Arc of California, People First California and the California Association of Family Empowerment Centers.

PIPCA trained four classes throughout California between 2006 and 2010.  Each class consisted of 36 individuals, evenly distributed between adults with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities. Participants were selected for their commitment to being a change agent, their passion for learning new ideas and skills, and their ability to participate in all trainings.  Community diversity in areas such as ethnicity, disabilities, age, economic status, gender, and geographic regions is also considered in the selection of participants.

Sessions included History of Disability Awareness, Inclusive Education, Services, Vision for the Future, Assistive Technology, Employment, Supported Living, Speaking with Public Officials, Advocacy, Community Organizing, State Legislation, Federal Legislation, Local Government, Parliamentary Procedure and Serving on Boards. PIPCA provided approximately 130 hours of education to each class.

 

Building Capacity of Family Resource Centers in California to More Effectively Educate Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities (2005 – 2006)
The Family Resource Centers Network of California collaborated with the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Northern Sierra Rural Health Network on the Building Capacity of Family Resource Centers in California to More Effectively Educate Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities grant.  The goal of the project was to explore new ways for primarily rural FRCs to use telehealth technology to get information, network and conduct meetings without the time and expense of traveling to other locations in the state.  Eight telehealth events were held to access health information, provide networking/technical assistance, staff development, training and advocacy opportunities, as well as parent support groups.

 

Family Support Initiative 2005 Implementation Grant (2005- 2007)
In September 2005, the Family Resource Centers Network of California received an Administration on Developmental Disabilities Family Support Initiative 2005 Implementation grant.   Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger designated Support for Families of Children with Disabilities as California’s  lead agency for the grant.  The FRCNCA implemented some of the key objectives that were identified in the Strategic Plan, including the following:

  • Standardize elements for data collection at FRC level and at the state level to assist in identifying needs and in evaluation.
  • Ensure FRCs have access to the resources they need to serve families.
  • Promote improved parent-to-parent services.
  • Assist FRCs to build their capacity to sustain services.
  • Increase awareness and utilization of FRC services by families, professionals, agencies, and policymakers.

 

Department of Developmental Services Bridge Funding (2005)
The Department of Developmental Services provided funding to allow the FRCNCA to continue operations in the gap between the conclusion of the ADD Family Support Planning grant and the beginning of the ADD Family Support Initiative 2005 Implementation grant.

 

Family Support Planning Grant (2003 – 2005)
In 2003 the Family Resource Centers Network of California (FRCNCA) received a Family Support Planning Grant from the Administration on Development Disabilities (ADD) to build the capacity of Early Start Family Resource Centers statewide.  Governor Gray Davis  designated  Support for Families of Children with Disabilities as California’s  lead agency for the grant.  The goal of the project was to build the capacity of Family Resource Centers so they could offer more community-based, culturally competent information, education, and peer support to families throughout the state, and partner more effectively with other family support agencies and service providers.

A statewide Needs Assessment, consisting of Family Focus Groups, a Professional Questionnaire and a Family Resource Center Questionnaire was conducted.  The results were used to inform a Summary Stakeholder Report, FRC Capacity Assessment and a FRCNCA Directory.  The FRCNCA Steering Committee used the information to create a Strategic Plan that supports all Early Start FRCs to expand and to enhance their partnerships and services.