The Children's Center delivers its vital services by providing:

Proven, effective, evidence-based programs to help parents grow strong in their all-important jobs of taking excellent care of their children

Evidence-based programs that empower children and youth by giving them the skills and understanding to navigate their lives and become responsible citizens

The staff at the Children’s Center instills in the children a foundation of faith, responsibility, accountability, firm boundaries, unconditional respect and self-esteem. As a result, when children leave, they are empowered to make healthy lifestyle choices and have the courage to speak up when confronted with an abusive environment.


In 1998, a group of interested, concerned citizens recognized that neither parents nor children are inherently bad but often their circumstances are. They initiated solutions for these families, and for more than three decades the Children’s Center has been a beacon of hope for children and families who need to break a defeating cycle through proactive instructive support and encouragement.

Working with just 40 individuals in 1998, the Children’s Center has assisted, nurtured and taught nearly 1,000 children and family members per year. Since its outset, the Children’s Center has served approximately 9,000 individuals.


The Children’s Center staff is comprised of highly trained, compassionate, dedicated caregivers who are genuinely invested in the safety and success of children and families.

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Ninety cents of every dollar go directly to programs that provide child maltreatment prevention and intervention services to children and families.


All funds for the Children’s Center are put to good use by supporting the Center’s mission to prevent maltreatment of children and provide intervention services to children and families in Surry and surrounding counties. Unfortunately, the need for services provided by the Children’s Center is ever-growing. This graph is a snapshot of how funds are used at the Children’s Center.

Pfc. Adam Marion Center

The Children’s Center’s Pfc. Adam Marion Center is named for Adam Marion, who was 26 years old when he was killed on April 28, 2008 during an attack on a base near Baghdad while he was serving in the Operation Iraqi Freedom campaign. Adam was a 2000 graduate of Surry Central High School and had worked for the Children’s Center. He loved volunteering to help kids, both locally and while in Iraq.

The Children’s Center’s primary teaching, counseling and family resource center—the Pfc. Adam Lee Marion Children’s Resource Center—is a 1,916-square-foot facility in Dobson with an additional small building of 562 square feet where there are offices for parent educators, rooms where courses are taught and provides storage for course materials and equipment.