Parent & Family Support Programs

Nurturing Parenting Program

Home visitation and group-based program for parents/caregivers with children birth to 18 years of age, utilizing the Nurturing Parenting Program to increase parenting skills and knowledge.

Parent Education

Weekly parenting classes held at local homeless shelters to help support children and families during crisis.

Parents as Teachers

Home visiting program for parents and their children, prenatal to five years of age.

Strengthening Families Program (6–11) and (10–14)

A 14-week evidence-based parenting education program and social skills group for children ages 6–11. Dinner, child care and transportation provided.

Incredible Years

A 14-week evidence-based parenting education program for parents with children ages three to six. Dinner, child care and transportation provided.

Learn ‘n Grow

Monthly support and education program for parents and their children

Circle of Parents

Weekly parent led support group and children’s group

Behavioral Health Programs

New Beginnings

The New Beginnings Program is available for victims of abuse and violence ages 7-17 in Surry and Yadkin Counties and their caregivers. Services are provided by licensed therapists and include the evidence-based techniques and modalities of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person Centered Therapy. The program consists of eight to ten weekly individual counseling sessions and includes a comprehensive risk assessment, safety and crisis planning, treatment planning and appropriate referrals to outside sources as needed.

We offer therapeutic, educational and social support for those who have post-traumatic stress experiences and help victims develop relaxation skills, personal safety skills, assertive communication, problem solving and social skills.

Fresh Start Program

The Fresh Start program is available for court-involved high level one and level youth ages 7-17 and their caregivers in Surry and Stokes counties. Services are provided by licensed therapists for six months and include individual/family therapy and 14 group sessions. Staff at the Children’s Center use the evidence-based techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in group and individual sessions to help develop critical things and positive coping skills.

The Children’s Center also strives to enhance the family system with the development of short and long tern goals. Family skills learned can be increased through positive interactions and help reduce the risk of out of home placement. Complimentary dinner and gas cards are provided to families for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group sessions.

Outpatient Therapy

The Outpatient therapy program is available for children, families and adults in Surry County who are actively enrolled in Medicaid. Services are provided by licensed therapists and include psychological evaluations (comprehensive clinical assessments) and individual/family sessions. We utilize various evidence-based techniques and modalities including, but not limited to, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Reality Theory principles, Person Centered approaches and Adlerian psychotherapeutic interventions.

We help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change optimal mental health.

Youth Programs

Residential & Group Care

The Children’s Center’s residential homes use the CARE (Children and Residential Experiences) and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Model through Cornell University for children placed by Department of Social Services, Department of Juvenile Justice and through community referrals. Utilizing CARE (Children and Residential Experiences) Model with Cornell University

Girls Circle

Three circle models that empower and unite! Girls Circle addresses conditions and risks and builds on protective factors, for ages 9-18.

Council for Boys & Young Men

Promotes a healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years, for ages 9-18.


Short term (4 to 14 days) care for children 6-18 on an emergency or planned basis in our residential cottages.

Why Try

Why Try Program based on sound empirical principles, including solution-focused brief therapy, social and emotional intelligence, and multisensory learning.

Real World

Social and life skills education through real life simulation.

Youth M.O.V.E.

A youth-driven, chapter-based organization dedicated to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems—including mental health, juvenile justice, education and child welfare.

Teen Court

A restorative justice diversion program with a tribunal aspect, youth make restitution for harm they have caused through community service, letters of apology, essays, jury duties and education assignments.

Reality Tour

In this evidence-based substance abuse prevention program youth ages 10 and up, alongside their parents, learn the real consequences of substance use in a seminar featuring realistic dramatic scenes, effective refusal skills, and recognition of the first signs of substance use in kids.

Community Service & Restitution

Referred by Juvenile Justice staff, law enforcement agencies, and juvenile or teen courts, youth make amends for their actions through meaningful community service.