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Family & Children’s Center has been serving children, families and individuals with a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being for more than 130 years.

Services include programs about prevention of child abuse and neglect, community-based counseling, community support programs, out-of-home care and several outreach programs.

The following are just three of more than 40 programs at Family & Children’s Center. If you would like to sponsor holiday gifts for a child or family in one of our other programs, please contact Nancy Sedbrook for more information: or 608-785-0001 ext. 257.

Teen mother and her children

Family & Children’s Center is home to an alternative high school program for teen moms, Hope Academy.

At Hope Academy, teen moms are able to complete their high school graduation requirements, graduate with a diploma from their original high school and learn to be good parents at the same time. Besides common core classes, teen mothers also receive parent, child and life education, and college and career preparation. Their babies also attend Hope Academy and are provided Educare, a structured, literacy-based child care, to prepare them for school as well while the moms are taking classes.

The children, ages birth to 3 years old, in the academy’s Educare program need:

  • Bassinet
  • Pack and Play Sheets
  • Bunkie (Mini) Crib Sheets
  • Sippy Cups
  • Infant/Toddler art supplies
  • Infant /Toddler music CDs
  • Wipes and Diapers sizes 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Diaper Genie inserts
  • Grocery gift cards to purchase baby food
  • C and D batteries for toys and swings
  • Bottle warmer
  • New or gently used cribs

Basic needs for individuals at adult group home

Family & Children’s Center provides a temporary home to adults in our community living with a severe mental illness or substance abuse addiction who are preparing to move into independent living.

Residents engage in activities that encourage the growth of skills necessary for healthy, self-sufficient lives. Participants learn vital life skills and techniques for coping with their own unique challenges with the help of group therapy, social skills training, medication monitoring, vocational services, social and recreational activities, and after-care planning.

The residents in Family & Children’s Center’s adult group home can use many necessary items around the holiday season:

  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry baskets
  • Blankets
  • Puzzles
  • Board games
  • Decks of cards
  • Art supplies

Seeking holiday cheer for kids unable to go home

Family & Children’s Center’s Weston Youth Home program provides an out-of-home therapeutic environment for male and female children between the ages 12 to 17 with emotional and behavioral health challenges.

These children have often experienced some form of trauma, and come from turbulent and disconnected families. Although the youth home tries to schedule home visits for the holidays, it is likely that some youth must remain in placement. Many of these children do not have a safe home to go to, and their families are financially struggling and are unable to provide any gifts.

To make the holiday season a more special time, the agency is seeking gifts for each child in residence. Preferred donations include new or gently used:

  • Board games
  • MP3 with headphones
  • Journals
  • Blankets
  • Boys and girls pajamas and slippers in various sizes
  • Winter outerwear and undergarments
  • Adolescent coloring books
  • Newer popular books & movies Rated G/PG
  • Art supplies: markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.
  • String for making bracelets
  • Personal hygiene products for boys and girls
  • Any items that help with stress relief such as stress balls, textured items, etc.
  • Gift cards to purchase clothing and other necessities (Walmart, Target, Valley View Mall, etc.)

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