Research and dissemination of information on children and family services

This grant supports two projects that will collect and disseminate information relating to the social service and health care needs of family and children. Family Service America (FSA), the nation's largest network of nongovernmental family social service agencies, will create a database profiling best practices and outcomes in eight areas of service. FSA will also produce and distribute a biweekly digest of news and information relating to children and families. Both products will be distributed widely to the profession. Family services are emerging as a new locus of caring resources in such areas as eldercare, mental health, family violence, and drug and alcohol dependency. The database will contain trend analysis, outcomes, and long-term results of FSA's 260 member organizations which provide assistance to over 4 million people annually in more than 1,000 communities. Updated regularly and located on the organization's free interactive site, the database will profile community-based family support services in eight categories including adult day care, substance abuse, and family preservation. The database will be managed by an integrated staff of communications, social work, and research professionals. In addition, FSA will produce and distribute a biweekly digest summarizing family service-related news and information in five categories as reported by consumer and trade press. Modeled on HealthLine, Family Briefing will be sent by broadcast fax, as well as placed on the Web site.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $409,502.00

Awarded on: 12/16/1997

Time frame: 1/1/1998 - 12/31/1999

Grant Number: 32388


Family Foundation of North America

11700 West Lake Park Drive
Milwaukee, 53224-3099


Paul Amundsen
Project Director