Welcome to our Blog! We post weekly articles written on a variety of topics from a variety of people, including our staff, volunteers, community members, and our parents and youth. The Voices of our Blog are opinion pieces, reflecting the diverse experiences and viewpoints of our community. These articles are not meant to represent the views of everyone at FCNI, our Board of Directors and staff, or present a definitive policy statement, but are designed to be informative and thought-provoking.

The Science of Giving

Jim Roberts, CEO/Founder
December, 1, 2021 -

I assume many of you were raised as I was with the precept “it is better to give than to receive.” But now there is compelling evidence to prove that the urge to do something generous is a foundational part of our humanity; there is a science behind the power of giving – we are wired to do good! The happiness we feel after a particular event or activity diminishes each time we experience that event, a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation. But according to research in Psychological Science, giving to others is the exception to this rule.

A Tribute to Carol Allen

Jim Roberts, Founder/CEO
November, 24, 2021 -

"This is the time of year to be thankful. And I am thankful and honored that I not only knew, but had the opportunity to work with Carol Allen, retired Juvenile and Family Court Commissioner. Carol went to be with the Lord a few weeks ago as a result of complications from Covid-19. She was a remarkable woman who made a profound difference to the lives of children, youth and families here in San Luis Obispo County, and as a Board member of the Family Care Network. She was much loved and will be missed much as well." - CEO Jim Roberts


This week's blog is dedicated to one of our incredible past board members, Carol Allen, who recently passed away. Carol was a crucial member of the FCNI Team for years and we will miss her dearly. Read our CEO Jim Roberts' dedication to her in this week's blog to learn more about her impact at FCNI and how she helped shape the lives of children, youth, and families in our community.

Niece to Daughter: A Family Adoption Story

Marie and Charles Bolin

Marie’s (Mom) Perspective:


Today was another setback in completing the process to finalize the adoption of our sweet daughter.

Today we learned that our adoption date, which is just one week away, has been postponed. All because of paperwork.

Today we will have to break the news to our sweet girl, that the finish line has been moved, yet again.

Today we had to cancel the celebration we had planned with our friends & family…because of the delay.

Another Perspective

Jim Roberts, Founder/CEO
November, 4, 2021 -

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month; November is National Adoptions Month. Both are a reflection of serious social injustices and problems. Domestic Violence in America is pervasive, negatively impacting individuals and children at an alarming rate. Additionally, too many children are in need of adopting because of these issues--domestic violence, family dishevel, substance abuse, and the list goes on. CEO Jim Roberts shares his own personal experience with domestic violence and the need to fervently stride forward and forge new successes in prevention to bring about more Social Justice, ending inequality and cycles of abuse and poverty.

34 Years

Jim Roberts, CEO/Founder
October, 28, 2021 -

We launched into the 34th year--2020/2021--of the Family Care Network in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we ended it with the explosion of the “Delta” variant of the virus. The impact of this pandemic on our organization has been, shall we say, extraordinary! Never could I have imagined the pervasive, damaging, and exhaustive experience of living through such an event; and it’s still not over.


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