FCR began in 1973 as an Early Intervention program designed to assist preschool children with developmental delays. The program, named “First Chance,” was part of the Community Progress Council.
In 1976, a grant from York County Children and Youth Services was received to develop services to prevent child abuse in the county. Parent education classes and home visitation programs were developed as part of this initiative. Over the next few years, these family life programs expanded. Today our family life services include parent education, kids’ groups, perinatal coaching, family life counseling and parenting helpline services.
From 1977 to 1991, Family-Child Program, as we were renamed, was housed under the Lutheran Social Services – South Region umbrella. This association was mutually beneficial for both programs. During this time our Early Intervention and Family Life programs grew in numbers. In 1986, upon the recommendation of a task force studying Infant Mental Health in York County, the Perinatal Coaching Program was developed. This prevention and education program designed for first-time parents was one of the first programs of its kind in the United States.
In 1992, Family-Child Resources (FCR) became an independent nonprofit organization with a mission to provide high-quality prevention and early intervention services which support children and their families. More expansion of existing programs occurred as well and new programs were added. In 1994, F-CR Associates, a nonprofit supporting organization, was developed to provide private sector services for children, families and adults. Private counseling; training for schools, agencies, businesses, and industries; publications; and an interactive informational kiosk system were just a few of the new services and products we developed. In July of 2005, Family-Child Resources, Inc. and F-CR Associates, Inc. merged into one entity to become Family-Child Resources, Inc.
From 2000 to our present date, we were awarded several grants to implement new programs. In 2000, we were awarded a grant to begin Bullying Prevention Programs in Pennsylvania and Families and Schools Together (FAST) in York County. Our Social Skills Anger Reduction Group (SSARG) was introduced in 2004 to help youth examine their anger issues by assisting them in developing appropriate behaviors and social skills. In 2005, our Aftercare Triage Program (ACT) in conjunction with the York County Juvenile Probation Office was launched to work with delinquent youth to successfully reintegrate them back into their home and community. After only three years, the ACT program received the Community Program of the Year award during the 19th Annual York County Juvenile Court Awards.
In 2008, our Family Life & Marketing departments designed a Kids’ Construction Zone Maze. The maze is used as an interactive, hands-on approach to help children understand the need to make good choices. The maze is used as part of our Kids’ Groups.
In 2009, we welcomed George Eckenrode as our CEO. Under his leadership, FCR is forging new relationships and exploring new ways we can make our community a better place. As an active partner with other public and private stakeholders, FCR is helping York County tackle truancy, violence, and drug and alcohol use among our youth.
In 2010, The Heart of FCR was introduced to provide a more comprehensive approach to help meet the basic needs of our families, as we help them to recover and grow. This effort of meeting a wider range of family needs can include material needs such as clothing, food, infant CPR trainings, assistance with utilities, medicine, and more. The Heart of FCR will continue to operate throughout the year providing emergency/temporary assistance until an existing partnering community resource can be contacted.
As we look forward, we are very excited with what we see. We are embarking on a strategic planning process to guide our efforts in the future. Last year, our programs directly impacted the lives of 4,000 of our neighbors. So many served is the result of the hard work and dedication of our staff, the confidence of our funding sources, and the generosity of our community, coming together to support our most vulnerable neighbors. We are sincerely grateful to all who helped make this possible.