The Family Resource Network of the Panhandle, Inc. serves as a voice of the people in our community, and serves as forum to communicate the needs of the families in our community. The FRN facilitates collaborative efforts among agencies and organizations to ensure accessible, affordable and efficient family services. The FRN is committed to improving the diversity, scope, quality and effectiveness of these services throughout the entire Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.


Since the early 1990s, the Family Resource Network of the Panhandle, Inc. has served as an information clearinghouse for the community in the areas of child and family services. It has facilitated discussions between organizations and agencies providing services, on how to best serve the needs of the community. The FRN strives to be a leader in community development and asset building.


The Family Resource Network of the Panhandle, Inc. works to uphold the “Priorities of West Virginia Children and Families.”

  1. Families and their children will live in permanent stable homes and be safe in their homes, schools and communities.
  2. Families will have adequate resources and skills to support their children.
  3. Families will achieve and maintain good physical and mental health.
  4. Children will be ready to succeed in school.
  5. Families will possess marketable skills and have access to good jobs to become self-sufficient, contributing and self-sustaining.
  6. The effectiveness of the FRN is broadened to build the capacity of its local communities, reducing fragmentation and duplication.


The Family Resource Network of the Panhandle, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation managed by a Board of Directors representing Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. These are some of the hallmarks of the FRN:

  • Fifty percent of the Board is made up of community members and families receiving services.
  • It provides a forum in which the needs of families are communicated.
  • It seeks to reduce the fragmentation and duplication of services in the region.
  • It works with networks of service providers to respond to the needs of children.
  • It works for stronger definitions of children’s rights, grandparent’s and other relative caregiver’s rights.
  • It strives to improve West Virginia’s non-profit capacity.