KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE AND FAMILIES HEALTHY IS WHAT WE DO.

Here at Marion County Family Resource Network, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all children & families in Marion County WV. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits.

OUR BEGINNING

Meaningful Work. Unforgettable Experiences.

Marion County Family Resource is achieving more with our initiatives than ever before. We work on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of others, and are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about what we do, who we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.

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FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORKS (FRNS) ARE LOCAL COALITIONS OF PEOPLE WORKING TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS AND IMPROVE SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. WEST VIRGINIA’S FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORKS ARE DEFINED IN WV STATE CODE UNDER §49-6C-2

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FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORKS (FRNS) WERE BORN OUT OF THE GOVERNOR’S CABINET ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, WHICH HAD BEEN CREATED BY THEN GOVERNOR GASTON CAPERTON IN 1990 TO SHARE RESOURCES, BUILD COMMUNITY CAPACITY, AND DEVELOP COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS. THE CABINET WANTED TO TAKE THESE SAME COMPONENTS AND DEVELOP THEM AT A COMMUNITY LEVEL, WHICH WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE ORGANIZATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF FRNS IN EACH COUNTY OF THE STATE.
THE PURPOSE OF AN FRN IS TO IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS SERVICE GAPS AND NEEDS IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES, AND TO SEEK SOLUTIONS THROUGH COLLABORATION AND COORDINATED EFFORTS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. SINCE THIS TIME, FRNS HAVE EVOLVED AS POLITICAL SHIFTS HAVE OCCURRED AND ORGANIZATIONAL REQUIREMENTS HAVE CHANGED, WHICH HAVE PRESENTED CHALLENGES TO THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF FRNS OVER TIME. HOWEVER, THE VERY NATURE OF AN FRN IN ITS ADAPTABILITY OF FUNCTION AND STRUCTURE HAVE LENT FRNS RESILIENCY AND ENABLED THEM TO FIND SOLUTIONS IN TOUGH TIMES.

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WAYS WE HELP THE COMMUNITY

Assessing Community Needs by:

Conducting surveys throughout the community to identify current needs and opportunities and to find out where members of the community would be willing to commit their efforts.

Collecting existing data to better inform ourselves and our partners about existing conditions in our community.


Planning by:

Developing strategies and systems to address community needs.

Helping other organizations learn and use strategic planning processes to reach their goals.


Providing Resources by:

Conducting training and learning opportunities for the community.

Pursuing funding sources to help sustain programs or to start programs that do not exist but are needed.

Serving as a support system for community programs and services.

Developing community resource guides to help connect community members to available programs and services while at the same time working to promote information sharing among social service providers.

Working as a connector to available community services.


Community Organizing by:

Helping develop groups to address community needs and working to strengthen community partnerships.

Promoting various projects and programs that improve community culture

Collaborating with local organizations so all can succeed.

Encouraging non-profit and for-profit organizations, groups and individuals to work together as all are interconnected in the community.

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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

William James

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