In 1990/91, FCNI was busy strengthening our core; learning how to think strategically, develop answers to our community’s needs and implement these answers into effective and forward-thinking services. It was a new world, the 1990s, and FCNI was poised to do great things in the way of achieving better outcomes for our kids, improving our support and training for our foster families, and attracting more involvement and participation from our community. Read about our Year Four and learn how FCNI utilized good planning to help realize big dreams.

We hope that you will join us over the next 30 weeks as we share the journey of the Family Care Network, highlighting our partners and collaborators who made the last 30 years of care possible.

FCNI at a Glance

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  • Children, Youth and Families Served


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State of the State

  • Best Practices

    The concept of “Best practices” became the therapeutic approach which was being recognized as producing the best outcomes for challenged children and youth.

  • Play Therapy

    FCNI began incorporating new therapeutic practices, including Projective Interventions and Play Therapy in addition to our regular individual, group and family counseling.

  • Independent Living Program

    Independent Living Program (started in 1987) allowed states the option of extending the age of eligibility to age 21--greatly increasing kids success in care.

  • Children's Services Network Council

    SLO County created its Children's Services Network Council (CSN) with FCNI (Jim Roberts) as a founding agency.