Saturday, July 15, 2006

Family Support America is Closing Its Doors. A Librarian at the Kitchen Table. No. 384.

After 25 years of successful work, Family Support America is closing its doors effective July 31, 2006, due to lack of funding. It’s a time of sadness and a time to celebrate our accomplishments.

There has been no other national organization quite like Family Support America, which has worked on behalf of the family support movement and the organizations that practice its principles. In May 1981, three hundred participants came together to establish the Family Resource Coalition, a national organization envisioned as a supporting network for family resource and support programs all over the country. Bernice Weissbourd, founder of Family Focus, one of the first family support organizations in the country, chaired the organization from its birth and later became its chair emeritus. In 1997, the organization became Family Resource Coalition of America and, in 2000, Family Support America.

In the 25 years of its existence, Family Support America has played a leading role in a quiet revolution that is transforming the way America works with families. Our organization has fostered an understanding of the importance of building relationships of trust and working in partnership with families to reach our common goal of assuring the well-being of all children.

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