ERIC Number: ED332394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Family Resource Centers: A Way To Grow.
Grayson, Joann, Ed.
Virginia Child Protection Newsletter, v30 p1,3-8,19-20 Spr 1990
Fundamental changes in the family unit have led to ineffective and inadequate parenting, and to increasing isolation among families, placing family members at risk for such social problems as child abuse/neglect and school failure. To prevent and treat these problems, parents need knowledge of child development and tools for responding appropriately to children. These tools are best provided in a group setting which will reduce the problems of social isolation and will provide peer support. Family resource centers have been developed with several variations to provide this assistance. These resource centers and parenting projects have the goals of preventing child abuse and neglect and preventing developmental delays which can result in school failure. Family resource centers in Virginia are described, including Family Focus (Grafton), Richmond County Family Development Center (Warsaw), the Family Center (King and Queen County), and the Parenting Center (Charlottesville). Parenting projects described include Good Beginnings (Portsmouth), Goochland Fellowship and Family Service (Goochland), Stop Child Abuse Now (Richmond), and Parents Anonymous of Virginia (Richmond). The programs use such interventions as parent education, toy libraries, discussion groups, day care, adult basic education, and preschool programs. (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, At Risk Persons, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Developmental Disabilities, Family Problems, Family Programs, Intervention, Parent Education, Prevention, Program Development, Resource Centers
James Madison University, Center for Child Abuse Education, Psychology Department, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 (free).
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Feature article in this newsletter issue.