In our Year Six, SLO County would finally see the establishment of the Children’s Services Network–the amazing conclusion of a multi-year project which would directly impact the way children, youth and families were served in the County. Navigating services across multiple agencies–the Department of Social Services, Probation, Foster Family Agencies, etc.–was a complicated process which unfortunately didn’t always bode well for those caught within its systems. The County needed to work more collaboratively–they all needed a “seat at the table” in order to address and solve county-wide issues. To answer this vital community problem, several key people, including Jim Roberts, sought to establish a Network focused solely on getting all county agencies dedicated to serving children and families to work collaboratively in resolving differences and finding solutions. To read more about this vital component of SLO County’s system of care and FCNI’s continued story, please click below.

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

  • Employees


  • Number of Programs


  • Children, Youth and Families Served


  • Success Rate


State of the State

  • 427,000

    Number of children in foster care in the US: 427,000

  • Medi-Cal-Eligible Children

    In 1992, children in foster care account for 41% of all users of mental health services even though they represent less than 4% of Medi-Cal-eligible children.