Family Resources / Image courtesy of Family Resources
Family Resources / Image courtesy of Family Resources

Preventing and treating child abuse, strengthening communities

The mission of Family Resources is to prevent and treat child abuse by strengthening families and neighborhoods.

When any child’s safety is on your mind, you can turn to Family Resources. We fight child abuse in western Pennsylvania, working with health care providers and social service organizations to help parents and other caregivers raise happy, healthy children.

 

We employ five strategic approaches:

Child Abuse Prevention

Our results depend on traditional approaches and innovative options. We help families to heal at our Family Retreat Center, and to cope with behavioral challenges in our High-Fidelity Wraparound Program. We offer neighborhood support at our Hill District Center, and comfort to newborns and new mothers with home visits. And we promote self-esteem in our Nurturing Program; foster learning and sharing in parent support groups; break cycles of strife through our Parent-Teen Conflict Program; and dispense reassurance on our Parenting Warmline.

Community Services for Families

We want to see strong families who can participate in their neighborhoods, and neighborhoods that can unite in healthy communities. That’s why we conduct the Beverly Jewel Wall Lovelace Children’s Program, which offers safe, stimulating afterschool opportunities; the Economic Empowerment Initiative, which leads the way for adults eager for financial self-sufficiency; and Visitation Services at Family Resources, which provides a safe environment for non-custodial parents to enjoy time with their children.

Treatment Services

Resolving violence and abuse is never simple. In crafting individual solutions, we draw on a flexible range of approaches: We help families stay together through Crisis Intervention, Family-based Mental Health, and Family Unification Solutions. Ease mental-health-related stresses with Family-focused/Solution-based Services. Reduce the risk of violence through Outpatient Psychotherapy. And treat young children touched by abuse, neglect, or domestic violence at our Therapeutic Parents’ and Children’s Center.

Advocacy

By shaping policy, opinion, and human behavior, advocacy can affect the environments in which child abuse either happens or is avoided. Experience has shown that we can multiply our impact on federal, state, and local policy through government relations. We can build public support with programs like the Be the Difference Campaign and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. And we can teach ordinary citizens to improve their own neighborhoods through programs like the Citizens Leadership Initiative.

Parent Education and Training

Both lay persons and social welfare professionals are vital to child abuse prevention, and we’re committed to supporting everyone who plays a part. The OneKindWord program shows bystanders how they can help defuse volatile parent-child situations in public places. And our Parent Education Network invites professionals from all areas of the parent education field to gather for training and networking.

Family Resources was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by The Sprout Fund