History

Family Resource Programs appeared in BC during the early 1970’s, but it was not until 1988 that representatives from 27 organizations throughout the lower mainland gathered to establish a provincial voice for Family Resource Programs.

  • Founded in 1989, the Family Place Association of British Columbia became an incorporated society consisting of 33 members, operating out of West Side Family Place in Vancouver.
  • In 1998, the name of the association was changed to the BC Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP-BC) which resulted in a stronger link with the national Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs (FRP-Canada). The name change communicated a broader, more inclusive provincial identity.
  • In 2000, “parent/child interactive Drop-in” was identified as the defining characteristic of Family Resource Programs. Using this criteria as the definitive marker of a FRP, research conducted later that year resulted in the identification of 176 FRPs operating in the province.
  • As a result of the National Children’s Agenda and the First Ministers Agreement , in 2001 FRP-BC, in partnership with the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD), distributed Enhancement Grants to 143 Family Resource Programs in BC.
  • In 2002, the BC Association of Family Resource Programs relocated from their West Side Family Place headquarters to a centrally located full-time office at Granville and Broadway in Vancouver.
  • In 2005, FRP-BC identified five key areas of support research indicated as making a difference in family functioning. FRPs are encouraged to ensure they deliver services in all five key areas.
  • In 2007, FRP-BC received funding from MCFD-ECD branch to complete a Family Resource Program post-secondary certificate and to develop field related Provincial Standards of Practice.
  • In 2012, FRP-BC continued to deliver the FRP Certificate at the Justice Institute of BC and adjudicated submissions.