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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To lead and support a network of compassionate individuals in the provision of quality programs and services that empower vulnerable children, youth, and families.

Results: Background & History Family Health & Support Network, Inc. (FHSN) is a private nonprofit 501 c (3) corporation established in 2003 by founding members, Sandra Austin, Robbie Peer, and Michael Scott. The organization was created in response to a Riverside County Department of Public Social Services’ Needs Assessment identifying quality ‘certified’ foster family homes in the Desert Region of Riverside County as a priority. Foster Care Services: In May of 2004 FHSN was granted licensure from the State of California to function as a Treatment Foster Family Agency (FFA), therefore allowing the organization to engage in the recruiting, certifying and training of, and providing professional support to, foster parents, or in finding homes for placement of children for temporary or permanent care who require treatment level services. In June of 2018, Family Health & Support Network, Inc. received licensure from the State of California to provide “Intensive” Services Foster Care (ISFC). FHSN Serves foster children/Non-minor dependents (NMDs) regardless of age, ethnicity, culture, gender, or sexual orientation. They usually have an open Social Services/CWS, Probation or AB 114 School based case, but can be privately referred and require a foster care placement either as a treatment alternative to institutional or group care or, require specific services and supports necessary to move them quickly to permanent placement or independence. National Accreditation: In January 2018 FHSN embarked on a comprehensive self-study of the internal operations and the programs and services offered by the FHSN corporation under the direction of the Council on Accreditation (COA). The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. The Council on Accreditation (COA) partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards. COA envisions excellence in the delivery of human services globally, resulting in the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. Accreditation is how FHSN strives to champion quality services. In December 2018 FHSN received certification by The Council on Accreditation until 2024. Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) Programs and Services: In 2011 Family Health & Support Network, Inc. was approved to provide the culture-specific Prevention & Early Intervention program for boys “Building Resilience in African American Families” (BRAAF) funded by Riverside University Health Systems – Behavioral Health. In 2018 Family Health & Support Network, Inc. was approved to provide the culture-specific Prevention & Early Intervention program for girls (age 11-13) “Building Resilience in African American Families” (BRAAF) funded by Riverside University Health Systems – Behavioral Health.

Target demographics: Children, youth and families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Placed and compassionately monitored more than 250 high risk children in our quality foster/resource family homes. Four (4) adoptions were secured. Hosted our 12th Annual Children and Families Christmas Celebration were more than 300 children and families were served. Provided two (2) Prevention & Early Intervention programs (for boys and girls) to 35 high risk African American youth and their families in underserved communities of the Desert Region of Riverside County.

Geographic areas served: Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange Counties of California.

Programs: Therapeutic and Intensive Foster Care services. Placing and monitoring high risk children and youth in our compassionate and caring foster family homes until the goal of reunification, legal guardianship or adoption can be achieved. Providing Prevention and Early Intervention Programs to the underserved African American population of the Desert Region of Riverside County.

Community Stories

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My spouse and I had been thinking about becoming foster parents for quite a few years, but unfortunately had we had been discriminated against by several agencies because we are a gay couple. We had almost given up on our desire to become volunteer Resource Parents, when by chance I came across the Family Health Support Network website. Something moved me to reach out to FHSN. It was an amazing interview conversation - welcoming, professional, and genuinely down-to-earth. I knew immediately that this was the foster care agency that we had been seeking. Now a year later, we are three months into our first child placement. If it truly takes a village to raise a child, the Family Health Support Network is our "village". The parenting training, all-round support, and subject-matter expertise provided by FHSN staff members to produce competent and caring Resource Parents to provide for kids in need of a safe and stable environment are incredible. Thank you Family Health!

Mark and Clinton

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with the agency since 2006 and it has been wonderful working with FHSN. The staff is very supportive. Family Health and Support Network cares about the children and the families . This by far is a "great" foster agency!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Robbie Peer and I am proud to say that I am board member, and this Agency has done a lot of great things for the clients they serve as well as the volunteers that are a part of the Agency. The Agency provides programs that are positive and uplifting to the clients they serve. This agency ensures that all their clients needs are met. They go above and beyond any of my expectations. Way to go FHSN!!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Agency has great programs for the children and youth they serve. The staff is awesome!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

How we found out about "Family Health Support Network Agency Inc.", we, my Mom & I, were referred by one of the "Foster Parent " that's with this Agency.. I will say this Agency is "AWESOME" since my Mom & I joined!! They are sooooo "Helpful, Caring, Loving, & Compassionate," for the many kids that need "Placement" and the same for the "Foster Parent's" involved!!!! A "Beautiful" Agency and the team that's ahead of it!!!! Come Join us and find out we'd "Love" to have you on board with us!!! I, Deborah and Erika Hudson would also like to give The Agency the "Acknowledgement" that if you want to be a "Top Professional, Caring & Loving" Foster Parent, we "Strongly" consider this Agency to do so, they are the "BEST"!!!! The "Staff" as well as the "Owners" who paved the way for us!!!

Deborah & Erika Hudson

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this agency. You can tell that they truly do care about the children and the families. And really go above and beyond!.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Sandra and Rachelle! We love you so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was with another agency and I have to say that this agency has exceeded my expectations! Im so thankful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My favorite foster agency! They have served our family so well!

rwalker180

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE Family Health! Thank you for your support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FHSN has a great staff that is incredibly supportive of their foster parents. Any time there has been an issue with a child or anything involving the child, I have felt very heard and supported in the matter. Excellence starts at the top and from Sandra to Rachelle, that is the standard that is passed down to their staff.

Yesima B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I never knew how foster parents were until I visited this place! I felt in love with the idea, the importance of giving home to beautiful kids and would love to become one in the future!

Donor

Rating: 5

Great opportunity to give back to kids. I love donating to this agency.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me get started being a foster parent and now I'm an adoptive parent. So thankful I found them!

ParentsUnite

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family Health has helped me in becoming a very informed foster parent. They offer great training and make sure that the parents have the tools they need to succeed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We been with this agency for almost 2 years and they are apart of our family nothing but love and support and with the help of family health and support network we will be adopting by feburary 2019

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this agency because its feels like family. I'm so grateful that I found them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It feels like family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I belive Family Health & Support Network is doing well because they cummunicate with the families. I belive they dont need an approvment this agency is awsome.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We serve foster families and youth who have been removed from their homes and place them in foster homes that take care of them until they return home to their families

Client Served

Rating: 5

Good customer service for foster parents always available offer more programs little children are concerned

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this agency who cares for the children and families with the support they need to succeed ,

Client Served

Rating: 5

Proudly supporting children , they go above and beyond to provide children with their needs,

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are doing very well..its always improving

Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel like we are part of something important a family unit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family Health & Support Network (FHSN) is a great agency that really cares about the children they service. They've been around for a while. Keep up the good work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Family Health is an amazing organization who is obviously passionate about the children and families they serve. I have witnessed their work go well beyond the

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has provided the support, guidance and opportunity for these young people and their foster parents to become true family. A remarkable track record of achievement.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been in this agency for a year and it's been a journey. My first foster parent was great she had great skills to help me , made me feel comfortable , feel happy and more. I feel like the agency is a great agency. They always help and support the foster parents and care for us foster kids. I feel like everyone has been doing a great job. My new foster parent is a great lady. A very caring woman, she is learning about me and tries to understand me and see where I'm coming from. The social workers are great! They're funny and very nice. Also they care for us. They try their hardest and they're always supportive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with this organization has been very pleasant . Everyone is very friendly and make you feel like home.
I like the fact that we have meetings and trainings every month.
This is a great organization to be a part of and the things they do for the foster children is amazing and the support for the foster parents unbelievably.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have seen this Organization give Support to the community thru various types of vessels, weather it be feeding families, motivational/growth programs as well as educational support to Parents as well as youth, Family Health and Support Network is Truly an Awesome Asset to the Community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's a great organization that has put forth so many great opportunities for me as a teenager trying to reach my goals in life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Family Health & Support Network, Inc. is an amazing nonprofit. For almost a year I have had the pleasure of providing my out reach services to FHSN and it has absolutely been rewarding to be apart of the FHSN mission! I have personally witness how FHSN builds resilience and provide loving homes to at risk families they have and are currently serving. Most take for granted the opportunities they have in life and don't realize the needs of others through out their communities and forget to reach back to pull others up to help children and families in need of support as a result of trauma, financial difficulties, educational challenges, displacement and or mental health issues. Family Health & Support Network, Inc. is a very professional nonprofit full of love and support for the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been with the company for 10 years and it has been wonderful working with them. The staff is very supportive and always alert to my needs. They truly are a Family Health and Support Network.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that is passionate about its mission to serve youth and their families. They think outside the box when providing services, activities and experiences to its clients and the community. They understand the Significant connection of culture and its context in the various communities they serve. FHSN is truly one of a kind. I am proud to work with this organization to fulfill its mission.

Sharla C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FHSN is definitely a light in our community. I've had the opportunity to volunteer and saw first hand their love and compassion for the young people in our community. They go over and beyond to make sure every child they deal with is loved and taken care of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This organization is very caring and supportive to the children and families caring for them

Al P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

great program that helps everyone from the kids to the parents. the agency is a joy to be involved with. the best CEO in the business keep up the good work .

Client Served

Rating: 5

FHSN is a great asset to our community!!! They provide so many awesome programs for our youth. Sandra and her staff are phenomenal and really care about our community!!

Rochisha W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This agency has made and impact on many lives. Over this past year I had the opportunity to join the juneteenth event which my daughter was one of may chosen to receive and award. There was a surprise, my little cousin was there a part of the program. He had been placed into foster care. Just to see how much he had grown and the family he was placed with brought a joy to my heart. I thank God for this organization they are spectacular in all they do.

Jenn J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are brand new foster parents through Family Health & Support Network. The staff has always been available and helped us through each step of this process. We feel very blessed that we are officially a part of this team!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working with Director Sandra Austin multiple times. She love children and desire to help foster children and children in the desert region by offering them the tools to build confidence and life skills for a successful future. Family Health and Support Network goes beyond the call of duty for not only the hundreds of children but the community at whole.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with Family Health & Support Network as a volunteer and it was an amazing unforgettable experience. I was blown away by the organizations professionalism and overall care for the youth and families. Having worked with multiple non profit organizations in California and Nevada areas, this organization is by far the best. The hardwork and dedication they put in to the organization is undeniable. Working closely with the youth building a personal relationship and educating them in all aspects of life. It was a good feeling to be around such motivated youth on the trip to Washington D.C where we visited Historical Monuments, zip lined through national parks, experienced educational tours and gave the youth a glimpse into their future by touring Howard University. This organization helps our youth to see their future and to give them a reason to overcome their battles and struggles. It gives our future hope. I am happy to be have had such a great experience. I look forward to continuing to work with this non profit and see the success of the programs grow each year!

Travon T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Family Health & Support Network, Inc ihas wondeful programs that help many high risk children in foster care as well as underserved children and families. The things they teach and instill in these childen will help mold them into highly ambitious members of the community. The parenting classes that they offer are amazing, they help parents better their parenting skills which betters the relationship between the patents and children. I can tell Family Health & Support Network, Inc is really about family the personal growth of our youth and our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a brotha in this program and it changed my life a lot I transformed from a boy to a young man

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a first hand experience of seeing the changes that have been made in every youth's life that passes through the program. It is an organization that is focused on family, community, and personal growth.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great program.... My son learned self discipline it help him with his self esteem and self respect he learned about his history and his heritage and it helped him to be respectful to his peers as well as adults.. There is a one day a week parent meeting witch help me with my parenting skills and to become a better parent to my son... I really love the staff we made a lifelong bond as well and with some of the other mothers of the boys in the program... And my son will be going back to mentor.... ☺☺

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Family Health and Support provides wonderful support to a lot of families and children who emancipate from the child welfare system. I loved working for them and recommend others to consider them for employment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we apllied to the agency for services, they were able to provide us with all the information we requested and they assisted us professionally and we're down to earth. I would recommend them to anyone willing to care for children in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great organization full of amazing change agents!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is changing lives in a positive and productive way. As a single mom, I needed a support system and guidance. My 12 year old son had the privilege of attending their nine month Rites of Passage program and learned valuable character building skills that will help him in his journey through life. I was blessed to be a participant in their amazing Parenting Classes. Every family can benefit from the programs that they offer and I commend them for their professional training and mentorship under the leadership of such an amazing Director, Sandra Austin. This organization deserves the highest praise and honor for their hard work and dedication shown throughout the Coachella Valley communities. Thank you for the impact that you have made in our lives. (Tre' s mom)

1 blk beauty

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family Health & Support Network is a wonderful organization that I'm glad to be a part of. This organization has a wonderful staff of people who really work hard to make sure the children placed in their care gets the love, services, and thesupport they need to make their futures brighter.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family Health & Support Network does excellent work in the community and I would highly recommend them to anyone considering foster parenting!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Family Health & Support Network is a great organization who roll their sleeves up in order to live up to their name. They haven't just talked the talk, but they have walked the walk. I have been affiliated with them by supporting their fundraising activities and family functions that include not only children, and not only adults, but the whole family. They are a support mechanism for our children, teens , and adults, and this is evidenced in the relationship between their staff, no matter what color, race, or creed. There is a saying, " It takes a village to raise a child." Family Support & Health Network is having their share of not only helping to raise our children, but teaching them, and exposing them to GREAT experiences in life that wil encourage them to succeed in school and college or even as an entrepreneur. They have proved that family support is they key to a happy and healthy life and have open their dooors with the mission to extend their love and support to every individual or family who walks thru their door, embracing ALL as part of their family. YOU ARE WONDERFUL Family Support and Health Network, and on TOP in my book!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Family Health & Support network, Inc over a year ago and was very impressed with the level of care and devotion the organization has comitted to insuring that the needs of children in foster care are being met. I have over twenty years experience working in the foster care system at various levels as a social worker. I have observed that FHSN goes beyond the call of duty in providing services and support to children in foster care, certified foster parents, and the families of children in foster care. FHSN is an excellent advocate for the children; they recruit the most caring and interested foster parents, and they secure any and all necessary services for the children and their families.

Comments ( 1 )

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Family Health 10/13/2012

Thank you Burnese for your comments regarding FHSN. We are so proud to have you on board Supervising our compassionate social work staff. We feel that the experience and compassion you bring to the Network is both beneficial and aligns with the mission of the organization. We sincerely appreciate your being a part of the Network. -Sandra Austin Executive Director

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being volunteer for Family Health & Support Network is so rewarding and such a wonderful experience, kowning you have said are done something that may have changed the life of a child or his/her family member.

Keith M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I feel that Family Health is doing a fantastic job in the desert. The timely attention to a child in need is second to none. The staff is polite and professional and get the job done.

Dretona M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family Health & Support Network, Inc. holds true to the philosophy of "Every Child Deserves to be Loved"! This organization has proven that they care not only about the children served but also their families. The entire staff at FHSN consistently go above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate concern for the well-being of displaced children. It's not often that you find a progressive, non-judgmental social service organization due to the nature of the business. So, kudos to FHSN for "getting it" and choosing to make a positive impression in the lives of the children and families that we all serve in some capacity. Congratulations on a job well done!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know the director, Sandra Austin, and she is an outstanding Director and does an exceptional job providing services to the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Family Health and Support Network is a very special foster family agency. It is encompassed with genuinely caring and compassionate staff who truly wish to help children in need. FHSN also has wonderful foster parents who go above and beyond for their foster children. FHSN is based in Palm Desert and has certified foster family homes in Riverside County, as well as a contract with San Bernardino County. The foster children range in ages from two days old to twenty years old and they come from both counties. FHSN provides exceptional treatment services and programs for the children we serve. Please endorse Family Health and Support Network and help us grow to the sky's the limit.

THE EIGHT

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Going the EXTRA MILE! Family Health & Support Network, Inc. (FHSN) provides safe and loving homes for children placed in foster care. Additionally, the agency continues to go the extra mile to assure their children while in their care, are able obtain Life Skills to assure a successful emancipation out of the foster care system.
While the State of California enforced multiple budget cuts, FHSN continues to empower their children through theFHSN “Children’s Fund” Charity events. Children ages (0-18) and especially teenagers are placed in their care. FHSN Children’s Fund allows teenagers a unique opportunity to participate in their own growth and be able to express themselves in fun and creative ways. “Teen-Action” is the umbrella of several teen-focused initiatives including education, communication and reciprocity. “Teenage Girls ROCK! Rites of Passage are programs where teens participate in interactive workshops, seminars, and webinars. They all provide a fun, creative forum for children to unite, be creative, share common stories, and learn the appropriate tools necessary for a healthy future! FHSN remains in tune with the pulse of issues in the community and workshop series by specifically addressing the very sobering subjects of teenage bullying, suicide, obesity, and substance abuse/addiction. This agency is “bar-none” one of the most caring and supportive foster agency existing. FHSN opens the window to a whole new world of opportunities for these kids. I implore you to support Family Health & Support Network, Inc.