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Center for Child and Family Services News

What's Your Problem?: Anger management
Peninsula program teaches kids to tame tempers

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Cheryl Tan learns about a program that addresses anger in children in this edition of "What's Your Problem?"

The PATTS program (Peaceful Alternatives To Tough Situations) serves public, private and alternative schools as well as court services units in parts of the Peninsula.

The Center for Child and Family Services has offices in Hampton and Williamsburg and they offer free workshops for parents and teachers.   You can get more information by calling the Hampton office at 757-838-1960.

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Jacobs Technology raises $45,000 for the Center for Child & Family Services during 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

(September 18, 2017)    What a day for golf!! The 6th Annual Jacobs Golf Tournament raised $45,000 for the Center for Child & Family Services. The Center would like to express our sincere gratitude to Jacobs, all the great sponsors, players and volunteers ... Thank you very much for helping those we serve who are facing life's challenges.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all involved with the planning, coordination of the event day, players and sponsors that made this day such a success. Thank you for helping us improve the lives of thousands of people in our community! 

Pictured above is Doug Cook, Jacobs Tidewater Operations Group General Manager (right) and Michael Edmonds, The Center for Child & Family Services Executive Director (left). This is the sixth year of the partnership between Jacobs and The Center. 

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About Jacobs...

The Jacobs Tidewater Operations Group manages the Center Maintenance Operations and Engineering (CMOE) contract at NASA Langley Research Center. They provide maintenance, operations, and engineering support services to research and institutional facilities on-site at NASA and for other industry partners and government agencies and remote sites. Jacobs operates and maintains more than 220 aerospace research facilities and equipment, including wind tunnels, laboratories, test stands, and instrumentation. Their services include engineering studies, design, construction, construction management, configuration management, tactical engineering, pressure system recertification, project management, planning support, facility maintenance and condition assessments, central utilities operations and maintenance, and instrumentation calibration/repair.

The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to announce that we were awarded an Impact 100 grant 

The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to announce that we were awarded the Impact 100 grant to provide counseling, life skills building, emergency housing and case management to youth between the ages of 17 and 25 who are leaving foster care or incarceration. Statistics show that youth that 36% of youth who leave foster care or incarceration will become homeless, 56% will be unemployed and 27% will end up in jail. 

Thank you Impact 100 for your support of these youth in our community and offering the opportunity to have hope in their future. 

All services are offered to residents of Hampton and Newport News, free and we are accepting referrals by calling 838-1960 and ask for the Launch program coordinator. 

The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to announce that we were awarded the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Victim Witness Program New Initiative Grant. 

This funding will provide trauma informed counseling, case management, community outreach to youth and education to youth between the ages of 12 and 25 who have been a victim of a crime. Research shows that adolescents have a higher rate of being victims of crime than adults but only 38% will report the crime to the authorities or adults as compared to 51% of adults. 

Crimes could include cyber bullying, assault, robbery, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, hate crimes, harassment and for Spanish speaking immigrants it includes crimes experienced in their native country. Services are offered in English and Spanish to residents in Hampton, Newport News, York, Williamsburg and James City County. All services are free and we are accepting referrals by calling 838-1960 and ask for the Thrive program coordinator. 

If you have been a victim of a crime—Don’t Just Survive- Thrive

New members elected to the Center's Board of Directors

The Center for Child & Family Services is honored to elect three new board members to the Center's Board of Directors on August 31, 2016. 

Tanisha Baines, Budget Analyst with NASA Langley Research Center, M.B.A from the College of William and Mary and B.S. from Christopher Newport University

Dustin Stokes, Chief Technology Officer with Atlas Systems, Inc., M.S. and B.A. from Christopher Newport University

Todd Halacy, Assistant Division Administrator with the Virginia Department of Transportation, M.B.A. from the College of William & Mary and a B.S. from Old Dominion University

The Board of Directors of the Center for Child & Family Services is comprised of 16 diverse community volunteer members of the board of directors who have a vast array of experiences from legal, accounting, finance and banking, small business, government, counseling and marketing.

We welcome the three new members to the volunteer board of directors and we greatly appreciate their dedication to help us serve thousands of people each year on the Virginia Peninsula. 

Pictured above are new board members (left to right) Tanisha Baines, 
Dustin Stokes and Todd Halacy. 

Pictured above are the new board members with a few members of
the Center's  board members (left to right) Dan Elston (2nd Vice Chair,
Brian Gillette (Chairperson), Tanisha Baines (newly elected member),
Dustin Stokes (newly elected member), Todd Halacy (newly
elected member) and Bryan Clagett (1st Vice Chair). 

The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Family & Children’s Trust Fund grant for Safe Harbor Program.

(July 2016)  The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Family & Children’s Trust Fund grant to provide trauma informed supervised visitation and counseling. The program, FACT Safe Harbor, will provide assessments, 3 trauma information sessions for the noncustodial parent and supervised visitation. The program is free for those who meet the income requirements. 
For more information or to make a referral call (757) 838-1960.

The Center for Child & Family Services is a non-profit community service organization that has been empowering individuals and families to face life’s challenges since 1943. 

New Start program receives grant from the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation

(June 2016) The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to announce that the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation has awarded the agency a collaborative grant to provide substance treatment to adolescents and young adults. The program, entitled New Start, will provide comprehensive substance abuse services to help empower youth and young adults to be drug free. 

The program incorporates trauma informed individual and group counseling, family counseling, parent and family education and support, and healthy alternatives to substance use.

This program is offered in collaboration with Alternatives and the Hampton YMCA. 

For more information or to make a referral call (757) 838-1960 ext. 335

The Center for Child & Family Services is a non-profit community service organization that has been empowering individuals and families to face life’s challenges since 1943. 

Jacobs Technology raises $36,000 for the Center for Child & Family Services during 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

(September 28, 2015)   The Center would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to JACOBS for raising $36,000 to support the Center's programs and services at the 4th Annual Jacobs Charity Golf Tournament. We also want to thank all the wonderful sponsors, players, volunteers, committee members and staff -- It was an awesome day for golf! Thank you for your support! This will allow to serve lots of clients who are facing life's challenges.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all involved with the planning, coordination of the event day, players and sponsors that made this day such a success. Thank you for helping us improve the lives of thousands of people in our community! 

Pictured above is Doug Cook, Jacobs Tidewater Operations Group General Manager (right) and Michael Edmonds, The Center for Child & Family Services Executive Director (left). This is the second year of the partnership between Jacobs and The Center. 


Please click on their logo above to visit Jacobs' website.

About Jacobs...

The Jacobs Tidewater Operations Group manages the Center Maintenance Operations and Engineering (CMOE) contract at NASA Langley Research Center. They provide maintenance, operations, and engineering support services to research and institutional facilities on-site at NASA and for other industry partners and government agencies and remote sites. Jacobs operates and maintains more than 220 aerospace research facilities and equipment, including wind tunnels, laboratories, test stands, and instrumentation. Their services include engineering studies, design, construction, construction management, configuration management, tactical engineering, pressure system recertification, project management, planning support, facility maintenance and condition assessments, central utilities operations and maintenance, and instrumentation calibration/repair.

The Department of Social Services - Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant

(July 1, 2015) The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to announce the award from the Department of Social Services-Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention grant to provide nurturing parenting classes in Spanish to parents with children between the ages of Birth -5. The program will be offered at St George’s Episcopal Church in Denbigh and Healthy Families in Hampton. The program is called Crianza Postivia. All services are free. 

For more information or to make a referral call (757) 838-1960 ex 314 

Youth and Young Adult Violence Prevention

(July 1, 2015) The Newport News Youth Gang & Violence Prevention Initiative awarded The Center for Child & Family Services funding to provide the U-Turn program which will offer counseling, case management, conflict resolution skills and job readiness for Newport News Youth who are at risk or involved in criminal and gang activity. All services are free.

For more information or to make a referral call (757) 838-1960 ex 333. 

Virginia Victims of Crime Act Child Abuse/Neglect Treatment Program Grant

(July 1st, 2015)  The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to inform you that we were awarded the Virginia Victims of Crime Act Child Abuse/Neglect Treatment Program grant that is funded by the Virginia Department of Social Services Division of Family Services. 

Starting July 1, 2015 we will be providing evidence based, trauma-centered counseling utilizing TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ARC (Attachment-Regulation and Competency) and EMI (Eye Movement Integration) and EMDR ( Eye Movement Desensitization Response) therapy to children who have been abused or adults who were molested as children. These free services will be available in Spanish and English and at our Williamsburg and Hampton Sites. The program is called CATT (Child Abuse and Trauma Treatment) Program .

The Launch program is designed to help youth ages 16-23 that are aging-out of foster care, residential treatment, and incarceration.  

The Launch program will begin accepting referrals on July 1, 2014.   The program is funded by a $100,000 Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation Grant, in partnership with Transitions and Alternatives and is free to all participants. 

The Launch program assists these youth in gaining the life skills needed to successfully transition into adulthood. The program offers mental health counseling, family reunification, life skills and interpersonal skills groups, budget and money management training, assistance with housing, job readiness, and mentoring.  The goal of the Launch program is to empower these youth to develop and implement a plan to build a brighter future. 

Erica Seymore has been hired on as program coordinator.  She is a previous intern from the Center for Child & Family Services and has a degree in social work from VCU.   

For more information on this program, please call (757) 838-1960 ext 311 

The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to announce the award of the Walmart Focused Giving Area grant for the Healing, Empowerment and Readiness (HER) Program.  Because of the gracious support of the Walmart Foundation we will be providing job readiness training , direct employment referrals  and case management to address barriers to successful employment for woman we are residing in local battered woman’s  or homeless shelters.   This funding will empower woman to become independent from homelessness and a violent home environment.  We anticipate serving 125 women at Transitions Family Violence Shelters, Menchville House, Natasha House and CanLink.   For more information contact Trisha Whipple or Howard Todd at 838-1960 ex 316. 
Board of Director's Announcement:   The Center for Child & Family Services would like to announce that at our meeting in February, three new upstanding members of our community were nominated to our board of directors.   They are as follows: 
Anne Shuford, New Point Financial Advisors-Financial Advisor 

Anne W. Shuford has an extensive 22-year background in the personal wealth management industry having worked as Vice President - Trust Officer with Wachovia's fiduciary investment division in North Carolina for over half of her career, Senior Vice President at Old Point Trust and Financial Services for five years, Financial Advisor at Wachovia Securities in downtown Hampton, and prior to founding New Point Financial Advisors, she served as a Financial Advisor at Lamberti & Associates for 7 years.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and is also a graduate of the Trust Management Certification Program of Campbell University in North Carolina. Ms. Shuford resides in Hampton, VA. 
Mike Morisi, Peoples Express Airlines, Inc.- President/Founder

Currently the President and Founder of Peoples Express Airlines, Inc., Mr. Morisi is a highly energetic, entrepreneurial executive leader and sales leadership strategist with a 20 year record of achievement and demonstrated success driving sales growth while providing leadership in highly competitive markets. He has owned and started up numerous fitness centers, held the previous position of vice president of Worldwide Airline Services Leisure Air, provided consultation, start up & business development to clients including Red Bull, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Hostess, Bank of America, Buffalo Wild Wings, Eddie Sharp Racing and Charlie Daniels Racing. Mike graduated from Old Dominion University with a Degree of Bachelor of Science - Political Science. 

Michael is married to Shannon and they have three boys; Collin (25), Dominic (7) and Daniel (5). Mr. Morisi resides in Chesapeake, VA. 

Jay Mathieu, Langley Federal Credit Union, Assistant Vice-President of Risk Management

Jay Mathieu is currently the Assistant Vice-President of Risk Management for Langley Federal Credit Union. Jay brings 24-years of government service as a Sheriff's Deputy, Federal Background Investigator and USAF Officer, retiring as a Lt Col. During his Air Force career; he was a pilot, Special Agent with the USAF Office of Special Investigations, and deputy base commander. He holds Bachelor's Degrees in Account and Criminal Justice, and a Master's Degree in Procurement and Acquisition Management.

He enjoys woodworking, reading, and playing various musical instruments. He has been married to his wife Mae for 31 years and has two sons; Dale a freshman at CNU and Kyle who attends Rappahannock Community College. Mr. Mathieu resides in Hayes, VA. 

The Center is pleased to announce a grant award from the Bernardine Franciscan Sister's Foundation to support our Breaking Free program which will be a part of our Prostitution and Solicitation Treatment Program (PAST). 

The Breaking Free program will assist men and women involved in prostitution by providing group and individual counseling, case management and job readiness training to address barriers to leaving this life style.   All services will be free to those who are charged in Hampton / Newport News. 

For more information please call Darla Timberlake at (757) 838-1960.



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The Center would like to give our sincere thanks to Dr. Viola Vaughan-Eden for her 9-year dedication to the Center's Board of Directors. 

Thank you for your support, energy and guidance to help those in need in our community. Pictured are Brian Gillette, Board Chair, Dr. Vaughan-Eden, Retiring Board Member and Michael Edmonds, Executive Director. (right to left)

Dr. Vaughan-Eden has provided child and family counseling services to the Hampton Roads community for more than 25 years and is President of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). She also is Co-Editor of the Journal for FoThe Center is pleased to announce a grant award from the Bernardine Franciscan Sister's Foundation to support our Breaking Free program which will be a part of our Prostitution and Solicitation Treatment Program (PAST). The Breaking Free program will assist men and women involved in prostitution by providing group and individual counseling, case management and job readiness training to address barriers to leaving this life style. All services will be free to those who are charged in Hampton / Newport News. For more information please call Darla Timberlake at 838-1960.rensic Social Work as well as a reviewer for several national child maltreatment journals. Additionally, Dr. Vaughan-Eden serves on the board of directors of various local and national organizations including the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, the Center for Child and Family Services, Virginia Collaborative Professionals, as well as the Virginia Advisory Committee to the Court Appointed Special Advocate/Children's Justice Act Programs. She has taught as an adjunct professor in the MSW programs at Norfolk State and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. 

The Center for Child & Family Services, a non-profit community service organization, is celebrating its 70th anniversary of servicing children and families in Hampton Roads. Our mission is to deliver quality counseling programs and support services that empower individuals and families to improve their lives. We follow our mission by providing 20 programs and over 50 services to individuals and families that empower them to improve their lives. Programs range from Mental Health Counseling, Child Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse Counseling, Credit and Budget Counseling, Fresh Start Offender Job Readiness, Multicultural Counseling Services, Child Care Training and Consultation, Domestic Violence and Youth Violence Prevention counseling, Housing Delinquency Counseling and Financial Education just to name a few. For more information, please visit www.kidsandfamilies.com or call (757) 838-1960. 

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Center for Child & Family Services, Inc. has been reaccredited by the Council of Accreditation - June 21, 2013

The Council on Accreditation (COA) is delighted to inform you that Center for Child & Family Services, Inc. has been reaccredited. COA's commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards and quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have set high performance standards for themselves and have made a commitment to their constituents to deliver the highest quality services. COA is proud to recognize Center for Child & Family Services, Inc. as one of these outstanding providers.

COA reaccreditation is an objective and reliable verification that provides confidence and support to an organization's service recipients, board members, staff and community partners. The COA reaccreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization's administrative operations and its service delivery practices. All are "measured" against national standards of best practice. These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, and outcomes-oriented, In addition, they confirm that the services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.  Because COA reviews and reaccredits the entire organization, not just specific programs, you can have confidence in the credibility, integrity and achievement of the entire organization.

COA congratulates Center for Child & Family Services, Inc. for their hard work and wonderful achievement and is proud to have it as part of COA's Community of Excellence.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations. Today, over 1800 organizations-public and private-are either COA accredited or are in the process of seeking accreditation. These organizations serve over 7 million of our most vulnerable individuals each year!

Focus on Fathers

Dr. Jeffery Johnson, second from the right, president and CEO of National Partnership for Community Leadership, was the guest speaker at the Fatherhood Breakfast and Training hosted by the Center for Child and Family Services at the Hampton Roads Convention Center earlier this month.   He addressed the importance of father figures staying connected.   The free event was funded by the Virginia Department of Social Services Strengthening Families Initiative Fatherhood Grant.  Shown with Johnson are, left to right, Jeff W. Jones, board member of the Center for Child and Family Services; Michael Edmonds, executive director of the center; Pete McRae, fatherhood program manager for the center; and Ellen Williams, behavioral health director of the center.

Tear Drop Tree Spotlights Domestic Violence Issue

People in the Center for Child and Family Services' domestic violence treatment program in Hampton cut out tear drops and placed them on a tree in the center's lobby.   Each tear drop has a domestic violence statistic on it.

Center for Child and Family Services Announces New Grant Award

The Virginia Resource Mothers Program also awarded The Center for Child and Family Services funding to provide up to 30 teen moms to provide in-home support services and parent education for the mother. The program will also provide free counseling, a fatherhood program for the new father and job readiness training if needed. Please contact Lauren Hentnik at 838-1960 ex 315 for more information. 

Center for Child & Family Services Announces Grant Award

(Excerpt taken from WY Daily)

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation recently awarded 10 grants totaling $537,300 to programs supporting behavioral health services, serving seniors and promoting wellness and prevention.

Jeanne Zeidler, president and chief executive officer, said, "Agencies are being squeezed by rising demand and a declining number of funding sources. We are pleased to provide support to programs that offer important services to our citizens."

This is in addition to $2.6 million in grants the foundation awarded earlier this month.

The grants supporting behavioral health programs include:
  • Arc of Greater Williamsburg will receive $20,000 to support an ongoing program providing exercise, promoting wellness and monitoring the health of its clients. Adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities have a higher risk of obesity than the general population.
  • Child and Family Connection will receive a $38,000 grant supporting a program addressing the emotional and physical well-being of uninsured and under-insured clients. The program includes a focus on the region's Latino population, which comprises about a quarter of the families it serves.
  • New Horizons Family Counseling Center, operated by the College of William and Mary, will receive $115,000 for a program offering family-centered mental health services to children with emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Colonial Community Corrections will receive a $38,300 grant for its Better Ways program, which provides substance abuse services in coordination with regional law enforcement authorities.

Grants for programs serving seniors are:

  • The Center for Excellence in Aging and Geriatric Health will receive an $80,000 grant to support a program that trains clinicians to identify substance abuse in patients 55 and older and make referrals.
  • The Peninsula Agency on Aging will receive a $25,000 grant to support its PADRN.org website, a resource connecting seniors aging in place at home with service providers in the region.
  • The Peninsula Agency on Aging also will receive a $128,000 grant for Senior Health Assistance Resource Project. SHARP provides in-home care to frail, low-income seniors.
  • The Senior Services Coalition will receive a $53,000 grant to focus on implementing strategies addressing the needs of Williamsburg's seniors, including those identified in its Community Action Plan on Aging.
  • Williamsburg Faith in Action will receive a $20,000 grant to provide non-emergency medical transportation to seniors and other adults with chronic illness or physical disability.

The grant for a wellness and prevention program is:

  • Fish, Inc. will receive a $20,000 grant to provide food, personal hygiene and household cleaning supplies to citizens in crisis.

More information about the Foundation's grant-making policies and process is available online.

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, a private non-profit organization, supports programs that improve the health of people living in the greater Williamsburg area. It focuses on enhancing access to quality health services and promoting responsible health practices. The foundation was formed in 1996 and has given more than $50 million to support community health programs.

Child & Family is excited to put the grant to good use. We thank the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation for their support of our charity and look forward to serving the needs of the community. 

Center for Child & Family Services would like to thank Peninsula Town Center & The Change for Charity Program 

The Center for Child & Family Services would like to thank The Peninsula Town Center Foundation for their generous donation of $10,000 to us through their change for charity program for the 2011 year. The proceeds will go into our kids and family programs that we offer to the community. We are thankful to have been chosen as one of the six charities for this program last year.

If you are not familiar with the Change for Charity program, please read a little bit below on what it is and how you can support your local charities through it! Spread the Word...

Change for Charity Meter Program Information

Six organizations are designated each year to receive proceeds from the parking meters at Peninsula Town Center in Hampton, VA.

When you use a meter at Peninsula Town Center, you aren't just paying to park. You're helping fund the work of the Peninsula Town Center Community Foundation. That includes efforts like our Change for Charity Meter Program and Peninsula Town Center Community Outreach Programs. Every aspect of the Foundation is a joint partnership with our community and Peninsula Town Center visitors.

The donations from Change for Charity represent 100% of net ticket proceeds and a percentage of meter revenues. The more guests that park at Peninsula Town Center metered locations throughout the year, the more charities will earn - so spread the word! When guests feed the meters and pay their tickets, donations on your behalf support local charities.

Thanks again to the Peninsula Town Center! We wish the 2012 charities that were chosen much success with the program! 
Cox Charities Awards $65,000 in Grants to Seven Hampton Roads Organizations

(Chesapeake, VA)- Cox Communications will award $65,000 in grants to seven non-profit organizations in Hampton Roads through the Cox Charities grants program. Cox Charities provides funding to non-profit groups that support youth, education and technology within Cox Virginia communities. 

"We are thrilled to recognize the hard work of these outstanding organizations," said Gary McCollum, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cox Virginia. "Our judging panel made some very difficult decisions in choosing the winners, and I'm positive that these groups will work hard to support the growing needs in our community through their youth, education, and technology services. We're very pleased to be awarding each of them a grant."

The Center for Child & Family Services was one of the charities that was picked as a grant recipient. Our organization was awarded a $10,000 grant for a Leadership Academy. The Academy is designed to help middle-school aged children increase their developmental growth, better understand their strengths, and encourage them to attend school. 

The Center for Child & Family Services thanks Cox Charities for their support of our charity and looks forward to continue serving the youth in our community through this grant.

Center for Child & Family Services Announces New Grant Award from Office of Justice

The Center for Child & Family Services is pleased to announce the awarding of a grant by the Office of Justice, "Second Chance Act" Adult Mentoring Grant.   This grant is awarded to Nonprofit Organizations to provide Adult Offender Mentoring.   The grant will provide pre and post incarceration services to locally incarcerated adults.  The services will include pre and post release support groups, mentoring from another supportive adult, job readiness and employment connections, mental health counseling and family reunification groups. We anticipate serving 600 re-entry men and woman over the two year grant period.   The program will begin in late fall. Please call (757) 838-1960 ext. 316 for more information on this program. 

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation announced grant awards totaling $219,00

“The recession has put particular stress on agencies serving uninsured and underinsured clients,” said Jeanne Zeidler, WCHF president and chief executive officer. “It’s no secret that demand for services continues to rise while resources have become scarcer. “These agencies continue performing vital work that strengthens the community as a whole.” The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation awarded the Center for Child & Family Service $37,000 for the agency's Child & Family Connection program. The grant award is to fund a behavioral counseling and intervention program for the area’s uninsured and underinsured Latino population. The WCHF reports that Greater Williamsburg’s Latino population has nearly doubled since 1990. The Center for Child & Family Services is very grateful to the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation for their generosity and we are proud to partner with the foundation to serve our clients in the Williamsburg / James City County area. For more information please contact the Center's Williamsburg office at 229-7940. 

The Center for Child & family Services Awarded Virginia Department of Social Services Family Strengthening & Fatherhood Initiative Grant 

The Center for Child & family Services was awarded the Virginia Department of Social Services Family Strengthening & Fatherhood Initiative grant which began October 1, 2010.  CCFS will provide a free nonresidential fatherhood - Not in the Home but in their Heart- program. The Dad's Club will provide 6-week psycho-educational fatherhood groups and a 12-hour job-readiness group for all under or unemployed graduates of the Dad's Club. The target population is nonresidential fathers, 18 years of age and older, with a child(ren) birth to 19 years. The program focus is on increasing father-child involvement, building stronger and healthier father-child relationships, co-parenting skill building training, debt management and budgeting education, custody and child visitation legal rights and responsibilities education, and child emotional and developmental need education. All fathers who complete the 6-week psycho-educational fatherhood group will be eligible to participate in our 12-hour job readiness group. 


PATTS Gaining National Exposure

Peaceful Alternatives to Tough Situations just completed two new trainings nationally, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Farmington, New Mexico. This is the third organization in Louisiana to purchase Peaceful Alternatives and the second in New Mexico. For more information about the Peaceful Alternatives program contact Ann Marie Long at 838-1960 ex 315.

PATTS adopts the perspective that many aggressive children have exceptional leadership qualities that need to be redirected into more socially acceptable behavior. Aggressive children often time have not had the guidance and support from their families, neighborhoods, and peers to utilize nonviolent conflict resolution skills. PATTS groups are designed to encourage peer support and reinforcement of positive behaviors and decision-making. Learning and change are encouraged through brainstorming sessions, problem-solving activities, and role plays-Remembering during the lessons to use the words of the students as well as their life situations, in order to have the learning process be pertinent for them. 

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