Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County Awarded 2 ACF Grants

The McAllister & Quinn nonprofit team recently assisted the Family Services Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara in securing two large ACF Healthy Relationships Grants: ACF Family, Relationship, and Marriage Education Works – Adults (FRAMEWorks) Grant and the ACF Fatherhood – Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential (Fatherhood FIRE) Grant. Both awards are for $5 million over a five-year period for a total of $10 million.

The FRAMEWorks Grant will allow FSA to continue and enhance its currently ACF-funded Healthy Marriages project, the Healthy Marriage and Relationship Stability Program (HMRESP), to serve persons who are co-parenting, parenting, and/or in a relationship and who need healthy marriage and relationship skill building. The target population for this program is families exhibiting high levels of risk for child maltreatment, domestic violence, divorce, unhealthy relationships, and/or homelessness that impacts the familial unit, relationships, and ability to parent appropriately.

The Fatherhood FIRE Grant will support FSA’s Dedicated Dads program to help to help focus a population of adult low-income father and father figures (age 18 and older) in Santa Barbara County establish and strengthen positive relationships with their children (age 24 and younger), spouses/co-parents, and employers; help them be effective and nurturing parents; and help them improve their economic stability and employment situation.