I want you to know you’ve made a huge difference in Martin’s life because you treated him like a person.

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Today, Sam has a vision for the future. He has confidence. He has a positive demeanor. And he has made friends at school.

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Pam told us afterwards that her birthday celebration was the best day of her life.

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Janice needed the support of the Children’s Center to deal with issues in her life, and we gave her the skills needed to prosper.

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How We Serve

Since 1998, the Children’s Center has been a beacon for nurturing children and families through proactive, instructive support and encouragement.

Residential Homes

Each of the Children’s Center’s two residences—one in Dobson and the other in Yadkinville—accommodate nine and six children, respectively, at any given time. In addition to bedrooms and bathrooms, they include kitchen and dining areas, study and tutoring space, and recreational areas. Our programs are modeled, implemented and evaluated in collaboration with Cornell University’s CARE program.

Parenting Support

The Children’s Center provides a wide range of parenting programs that are research and evidence-based models designed to help prevent child maltreatment through intervention. Throughout these programs, parents increase their parenting skills, knowledge, and relationships with their children and learn how to be their child’s first teacher.

Youth Programs

The Children’s Center provides evidence-based programs for at-risk or court-involved youth, as well as youth that need extra support during adolescence. Children’s Center youth programs operate in partnership with local Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils, Court Staff, School personnel and other stakeholders to best identify and serve the children in each community.

Family Counseling

The Outpatient therapy program is available for children, families and adults who are actively enrolled in Medicaid or North Carolina Health Choice. Services are provided by licensed therapists and include psychological evaluations (comprehensive clinical assessments) and individual/family sessions.

The Children’s Center helps clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems that cause emotional turmoil, seek to improve communication and coping skills, strengthen self-esteem, and promote behavior change and optimal mental health.

Building families and community today

The Children’s Center of Northwest North Carolina offers a wide range of programs that support the prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse. In addition, the Children’s Center provides services for neglected and at-risk youth. The Center operates two residential cottages—one in Surry County and another in Yadkin County—and serves families from across all Northwest North Carolina.

Our indicators of success

100% of families who have completed the Nurturing Parenting Program experienced an increase in the use of nurturing parenting skills, as measured by changes in pre- and post-utilization Subscale Items in the Nurturing Skills Competency Scales scores, a nationally recognized objective evaluation tool.

100% of children who participated with their caregivers in parenting programs were able to identify positive social skills and appropriate behaviors.

100% of youth participating in the Why Try program in Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes and Yadkin Counties had a 90% reduction in problem behaviors after completing the program.