Family Access Network
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How We Began:
The concept of a network of social service agencies partnering closely to support disadvantaged families began in Deschutes County in 1993. Out of the initial conversation and planning came the Family Access Network (FAN). FAN is unique to Deschutes County in two ways. First, FAN has created and maintains a network of health and social service providers, schools, businesses, community organizations and individuals who collaborate to ensure children receive the services they need most. Second, FAN provides advocates in all Deschutes County public schools and local early childhood sites.
FAN advocates are located in all public schools in Deschutes County and serve families living in poverty with children ages 0-18. Advocates work hand in hand with families to connect them to food, shelter, clothing, heating, school supplies, health services, or whatever the need. Advocates are knowledgeable about community resources available, as well as state and federal programs and in constant contact with local providers. FAN advocates help families connect to and navigate the often confusing social service system. FAN’s goal is to clear road blocks so that children are able to attend school ready to learn. FAN advocates support our most needy families, removing barriers and paving the way for a child’s success.
Many families in our communities struggle to make it from day to day. Inadequate housing, hunger, health and mental health problems and unemployment all contribute to an ongoing cycle of poverty. FAN connects families with what they need to move past road blocks so that their children can stay in school and benefit from the advantages of a good education. FAN’s comprehensive network of services available in Deschutes County makes it extremely effective. Each year the need has been increasing. FAN advocates improve the lives of over 10,200 children and family members in our community annually.
Vision: Committed to building a healthy community by alleviating the suffering of children in need.
Mission: To improve lives by ensuring all children in Deschutes County have access to basic-need services.