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Family Support and Connections Program

 Support for families

Being a parent can sometimes be stressful, and all families can use a little help from time to time. Family Support and Connections offers free, voluntary services to help reduce that stress. You can choose what support you want for your family. A Family Advocate from your community will help you get services that meet your needs.

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Families can get se​​rvices if:​​

  • There is at least one child under age 18 living in the home
  • The family meets income guidelines
  • The family is not enrolled in active Child Welfare services

Income guidelines​

​These guidelines are for total (gross) income.​

​Household size
​Twice per month
​Every two weeks
​Each additional household member

This is a free, voluntary program

​​You can decide if you want to participate or not. If you decide to participate, you will work with a Family Advocate from local a community-based organization. 

​Your Family Advocate may:

  • ​Visit you at your home or at another place that ​works for you
  • Stay in touch on a regular basis
  • Identify your family's strengths and challenges
  • Create a plan to meet your needs based on the specific services you want for your family
  • If you get support from other programs, they can partner with those programs​
  • Connect you with local resources
  • Connect you with support for immediate needs if you are in crisis​​

There are several ways to request services:​

In some places, there may be a waiting list, but please sign up anyway. ​W​e may be able to ​refer you to other services while you wait to join Family Support and Connections.

A Family Advocate may help your family ​with things like:

  • Access to food, clothing, diapers, baby items and furniture
  • Connection to health care, substance dependency and mental health treatment and resources
  • Connection to housing resources
  • Support to help children be successful at school
  • Family and relationship health, safety and well-being resources
  • Parenting support, parenting education, child care and family activities
  • Support with budgeting, meal planning and household organization​
  • Connection to employment and education assistance
  • Other support like self-care, recreation, life skills, legal support, volunteer opportunities, healthy lifestyle activities and more!​

Here's what parents and caregiv​ers have said about t​he program...

  • “I felt so supported by my Family Advocate and so lucky to have them in my life. I really appreciated they noticed my dedication to my son, and I felt supported by them to support him. They helped me find furniture and it was helpful to have another adult to bounce off ideas with."
  • “Comforting to have a support network when there is none otherwise."
  • “Having someone who cares and helps me through the hardest times. I'm so grateful to have been part of the program. It was a blessing to get that support."
  • “I appreciated the respect and sensitivity I felt from my advocate."
  • “The staff were very kind-hearted ​and I never felt judged."
  • “This program helped me and my son a lot in providing the right and necessary resources that me and my son needed. I would recommend this program to anyone who is in need of this service."
  • “My kids and I were closely bonded with our advocate. She is always on time, easy going, and observant. She is one of the best workers I've ever had."

Contact us

 Central office

Family Support and Connections

 Email us:

 Call us: 503-945-5600

 Local providers

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