What are some ways San Francisco’s Family Resource Centers strengthen families and protect children?
There are 26 family resource centers located throughout San Francisco, and each one offers a different level of services based on its community’s needs. Sylvia DePorto, former child welfare director for San Francisco City and County, Human Services Agency, describes examples of services that families could access after walking through the door of their local family resource center.
Katie Albright, CEO of Safe & Sound, explains how Safe & Sound, a family resource center in San Francisco, strengthens families and prevents child abuse and neglect by helping parents build their five protective factors: parent resiliency, social and emotional competency of children, parent’s knowledge of child development, concrete needs, and social connections.
Having a baby can be an isolating experience for some parents. Ingrid Mezquita, Director, San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education describes how family resource centers in San Francisco are designed to bring families together so new parents can connect and support one another, and provide information about accessing other services or resources in the community.