Family Center in Baldwin County


The Family Center Baldwin County is now open in Daphne at 27365 Pollard Road. Residents and professionals who work with families are invited to tour the new facility and learn more about the Fatherhood Initiative offered now in Baldwin County. Call 251-626-1610 for more information and directions...


Father Central

DADS ARE IMPORTANT!!

We offer free workshops for parenting and anger/stress management for dads who want to improve their relationships with their children.

Thursdays: Dynamic Dads, a 6-week workshop
Coming Soon: Together We Can

$10 When You Refer A Friend!


Call Beth Mead at 251-479-5700 to get started. In Daphne, call to make an appointment with Judy Simpson at 251-626-1610.

*Earn $35 For Completing Dynamic Dads Workshop

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Family Time Supervised Visitation

Many parents are court ordered to have supervised visitation with their children. Our centers provide welcoming and home-like atmospheres where parents and children can visit each other with a supervisor present to document interactions. Reports and court testimony are available for nominal fees.

Two play rooms are available and designed for different age children with a myriad of entertaining activities and equipment. Each family has a room to itself.  The center offers a sliding fee scale of $30 – $60 an hour when parents enroll in our free positive parenting workshops. Visits are available seven days a week in Mobile and Daphne as well as weekends in Chatom, with adequate notification. Visit supervisors will prevent parents from having any contact unless they wish to.

Monitored Exchanges

In 2006 we began offering a service formerly performed by the Mobile Police Department. When exchanging children for weekend or holiday visitations, parents can now come to the Family Center and avoid contact per restraining orders. Regular exchange hours are 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday and Sunday evenings and as needed for holidays and summer visitation. Other times can be arranged when necessary. Staff will prevent contact between parents and document all exchanges. Staff can also arrange for exchanges between parents who have restraining orders or PFAs, making any phone contact unnecessary.

Court orders are optional to use this service if both parties agree. Parents must attend orientation and complete paperwork before coming for the first exchange.


Healthy Start: Never Shake A Baby

This prevention program deals directly with one of the most serious forms of child abuse in children: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). The Family Center was asked by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Child Death Review Team to develop a hospital-based prevention program in 2002. That program has been funded by ADPH since then and is now offered at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. The program has been adopted by other hospitals in Mobile and Baldwin County.

The program’s main focus is the stress of a new baby and teaching parents how to calm a crying infant using Dr. Harvey Karp’s 5S method. Almost all babies are shaken because of uncontrollable crying. The program is offered in the patient’s room and she and her family are encouraged to take the 30-minute class in preparation for going home with their new child. The class ends with the 8-minute video “Portrait of Promise” which details the devastating effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome in three infants. Parents are asked to sign an affidavit stating that they have had the workshop and understand the dangers of shaking their child. They also promise to share the material with their infant’s caregivers.

New parents are invited to attend parenting classes and groups for new moms. Follow up calls are made one month after baby is born.


FREE Positive Parenting Groups

Kids don’t come with a set of instructions! Fortunately, we can help. Our Wednesday morning classes are a great place to pick up practical advice on child rearing. Classes cover everything from child development to stress and anger management with a healthy dose of good discipline thrown in. Classes are open to all, including foster parents, grandparents and day care workers. Graduates receive completion certificates for credit.

Child care is provided (also FREE) during classes. Call 251-479-5700 today to register for classes and childcare and get started with the most beneficial information you can learn about bringing up healthy children and staying calm while you do it! Your children will thank you for it.

These classes are funded by the Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama.


Speakers Bureau

Speakers are available to visit your group and discuss parenting or child abuse issues.


All programs provided by the Family Center are offered free of charge to the public upon meeting certain conditions. Parents may opt to pay for some services if they prefer not to meet these conditions.

OUR MISSION

To strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect by providing free education, training and support to parents and caregivers in Southwest Alabama.

 

Are you an
Angry Bird?

Check out our anger and stress management classes now.
Wednesdays at 7pm.

 

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Specialty Car Tag!

A Specialty Car Tag is available for purchase at your local Probate Office. It's tax deductible and proceeds directly fund community-based prevention programs. Thinking about a Personalized tag for your car? Click on the Plate! You may also download details about the program here.

Links

March 2013 Newsletter
March 2012 Newsletter
Children's Trust Fund of Alabama
Early Intervention
National Exchange Club Foundation
Prevent Child Abuse America
Shaken Baby Alliance
The Eastern Shore Exchange Club
The Exchange Club of Mobile
National Fatherhood Initiative
 

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