FCA has won an international “Best Practice” award in a competition to recognize innovative family caregiver programs among states, communities and agencies. The award was presented at the Third International Conference on Family Care held in Arlington, VA, and included a cash prize of $7500.
Participants from around the globe attended the conference, which explored the changing needs of caregiving and highlighted effective programs. FCA’s Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center (CRC), based in San Francisco and replicated throughout California, was recognized for its outstanding programs. The CRC serves families in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. The program is one of several under FCA’s oversight that support and sustain the important work of family caregivers.
More than a dozen countries were represented at the conference. Other award winners were the CLSC Rene Cassin/Institute of Social Gerontology of Quebec, and Carers NSW in Australia.
FCA’s Bay Area Caregiver Resource Center is funded by the California Department of Mental Health and the federal Administration on Aging through the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
This award is one of a number of honors the agency has won for its pioneering programs and innovation in service development.
FCA’s Executive Director Kathleen Kelly accepted the award and thanked the conference sponsor, the National Alliance for Caregiving, “for recognition among our international peers. Conferences such as this,” she said, “are a reminder that we all need to pull together in order to move ahead. We look forward to working together to ensure the vision of FCA cofounders that no caregiver should feel isolated and bereft of support.”
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