One of our board members will match your gift 1:1 up to $50,000 this year... doubling your impact!
Our goal for GivingTuesday is to make it a GivingTenDays (from December 3rd to December 13th) and raise $5,000. Your support will not only help us reach our goal, it will provide life changing programs when families need us most !
The Family Center is on a mission to break multigenerational cycles of child abuse, neglect, & trauma! For 36 years families across Middle Tennessee have benefited from our various programs and services that help them create safe, stable, nurturing environments for children. As a licensed Child Abuse Prevention agency through the Department of Children's Services (DCS), we work with diverse families impacted by both internal and external challenges. We help parents understand how ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences/Adverse Community Environments) shaped their lives and inform their parenting; how to change familial patterns so their children experience fewer ACEs; and work with systems to prevent or mitigate early toxic stressors that affect children today and future generations.
The Family Center has helped...
... a mom who escaped domestic violence and recognized that although her children were physically safe, they needed more to recover. Our Family Coaches worked in their new home with the family of four to restore the parent/child balance and bring a peace the family deserved.
... a newly single dad who was insecure in his role. Through The Family Center, he gained skills and confidence and became more effective in communicating with and positively disciplining his children. He says "every parent should participate in TFC's groups. I gained much more than I thought possible."
... a mother who lost her son to gun violence and needed a safe space to lean on and learn from others as she and her surviving children navigate their grief and trauma.
Each year we serve over 2,000 adults and impact almost 2,000 children. 68% of our families earn less than $15,000 annually. Imagine trying to raise a family of four on this. 76% of our families have for or more ACEs; 54% have 6+ ACEs. 78% of parents served were at risk of losing custody of or have someone else caring for their children.
We know we help because:
84% of parents in our groups believe they will positively change how they parent
92% of them understand how their own ACEs impact their children and are using the skills and information gained to create more nurturing relationships with them
The Family Center is truly changing lives, changing families, and changing futures... yet there are thousands more families who need us. So we need YOU!