Birth and Beyond Family Resource Center
The Birth and Beyond Family Resource Center grew from The Family Support Collaborative, an organization founded in 1998 due to high profile child deaths and concerning rates of children who were experiencing neglect and abuse in Sacramento. Two decades later nine Birth and Beyond sites provide support to families in their local community to prevent what we now refer to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
A child who has four or more adverse childhood experiences before the age of 18 is more likely to have serious health conditions and ultimately a shorter life span. By helping parents connect with others, reducing family stress, increasing knowledge of child development, accessing concrete supports, and preparing children for success at school, Birth & Beyond facilitates healthy lives for children and the community at large. Understanding the unique nature of each family and providing culturally responsive services is key to our success.
WellSpace Health is honored to operate one of the nine Birth and Beyond Family Resource Centers, which is co-located with North Highlands Community Health Center. All services are offered at no cost to the families served.
At our site, Sacramento county families join us for classes that teach parenting skills, car seat safety, safe sleep best practices, and more. For adults, we invite them to join activity groups to reduce stress. If parents need help finding resources for themselves or their family, we’re there to help.
Many of our Birth and Beyond colleagues work in the community providing parenting support through Home Visitation with parents and caregivers with children 0-17. One member of our team is committed to in-home and onsite health education services and healthcare navigation. Our eight full time AmeriCorps members are provided the opportunity to earn an education award while giving back to their community. To support our clients who have experienced domestic violence, we partner with WEAVE and the Civil Justice Center to provide counseling and legal advice.
For more information or to share this resource with your patients or clients, please visit www.Birth-BeyondFRC.com.