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Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church

900 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20001

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How can we collectively support the advancement of our nation's families?

How can Family Support and Strengthening Networks be effective vehicles for doing so?

How can your work connect with, leverage, and support Family Support and Strengthening Programs and Networks?

Join with the National Family Support Network, Casey Family Programs, and colleagues from across the country working at the systems and policy levels for this unique for this unique opportunity to learn about and connect with Family Support and Strengthening Networks nationwide - all in one place. These 29 state Networks are comprised of more than 3,000 Family Support and Strengthening organizations, such as Family Resource Centers, working with families across the great geographical and demographic diversity of the United States.

These Family Support and Strengthening organizations work with families across the country in a multi-generational, strengths-based, family-centered approach to enhance parenting skills, foster the healthy development and well-being of children, youth, and families, prevent child abuse, increase school readiness, connect families to resources, develop parent and community leadership, engage males and fathers, support healthy marital and couples relationships, and promote family economic success.

The Forum will build on the Advancing the Family Support and Strengthening Field Project and focus attention on the need to support families to thrive in every state.

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Who Should Participate?

Key stakeholders working at the systems and policy levels such as national, state, and local policymakers, public departments, Children's Trust Fund staff, private funders, Family Support and Strengthening Network leaders and representatives, and national nonprofit organizations (up to 4 participants per organization). Space is limited and advance registration is required by 4/26 - register today!




5:00-6:30pm Rooftop Networking Welcome Reception - Cambria Hotel, 899 O St NW, Washington, DC 20001

  • Enjoy a spectacular view over the city with complimentary gourmet appetizers, relaxing live music, and a no-host bar.


8:15am Check-in and Breakfast begins

8:30-9:45am Orientation Session for New Participants: "Uncovering America's Best Kept Secret: Family Resource Centers and Family Support & Strengthening Networks"

8:30-9:45am Funder Huddle (for those who identify as funders when registering for the event) with Casey Family Programs

10:00am Welcome and Overview

10:15-10:45am The Value of Investing in Family Support and Strengthening Networks

  • Federal government perspective: Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
  • State government perspective: State Senator Dennis Parrett (Kentucky)
  • Private foundation perspective: Christine Calpin, asey Family Programs

10:45-11:15am Highlighting Progress and Looking Forward

11:25am-12:25pm Exploring Family Support and Strengthening Networks

  • Meet and learn about Networks across the country through interactive table rotation visits

12:25-12:30pm Closing

12:30-12:45 Transition Time

12:45-3:00 Optional Add-On #1: Family Resource Center Virtual Tour

  • Lunch with video and in-person presentations from Family Resource Centers

12:45-3:30pm Optional Add-On #2: Network Development Session

  • Lunch and an overview, discussion, and individualized support about how to develop a new Family Support and Strengthening Network, and how to set up and fund a Family Resource Center System of Support for Families


Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support Certification Training, 8:00am-5:00pm

For those not yet trained on the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support, this a great opportunity to be certified on the Standards adopted by our national network to be able to share this common language with other Members. The training details how the 9 Principles of Family Support and the Strengthening Families Framework, with its evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors, can be applied together to enhance work with families. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate valid for two years.

Please click here for more information and to register for the Standards Certification training, which has a separate registration process and fee.


Registration for the event is complimentary. The Optional Add-On, which may be selected during the registration process, have registration fees.

Please click here for more information and to register for the Standards Certification training, which has a separate registration process and fee.

Payment Methods:

  • Credit Card: Through Eventbrite
  • Check: If you are a NFSN Member, government, or foundation representative and would like to pay by check, please contact Julie Matusick at julie@nationalfamilysupportnetwork.org to let her know that you would like to pay by check. She can also provide an invoice, if needed. Registration is not confirmed until payment is received.
  • If you need the W9 of the NFSN's fiscal sponsor, Washington Regional Area Grantmakers, please download it here.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel more than 5 days before the event, you will be refunded your registration fee less a $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel 0-5 days before the training date, no refund will be given.



The NFSN has negotiated a special group rate for a limited number of rooms at a hotel near the venue:

The Cambria Hotel DC at a rate of $251/night plus any applicable taxes and fees. Call Tanae Gamble at 202-552-5427 and mention the group, National Family Support Network. Book by April 14, 2019 at 5:00pm ET.

Hotel rates do fluctuate, it may be cheaper to book direct with the hotel without using the NFSN special group rate.

Air Transportation:

Please see the following search engines to search for flights. They cover all airlines except Southwest, which must be searched separately at www.southwest.com


Regan National Airport (DCA), 4.6 miles from the venue. Conveniently located on Metro. http://www.flyreagan.com/dca/reagan-national-airport

Dulles International Airport (IAD), 28 miles from the venue. http://www.flydulles.com/iad/dulles-international-airport

Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI), 33 miles from the venue. http://www.bwiairport.com/en


If you are driving, we recommend reserving parking in advance with SpotHero, a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted, convenient parking. Visit the SpotHero DC Parking Page to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.


Gallery Place/Chinatown or Metro Center


For questions about payment, please contact Julie Matusick at julie@nationalfamilysupportnetwork.org.

For other inquiries, please contact Andrew Russo at andrew@nationalfamilysupportnetwork or (415) 730-5310.

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Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church

900 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20001

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