Families who may be facing challenging circumstances can find a variety of support through various organizations, agencies and businesses within Transylvania County.
The Children’s Advocacy Center provides forensic Interviewing, trauma focused counseling, forensic child medical exams, family support, community outreach and child abuse prevention programs.
Connect exists to assist the families of Transylvania County that are experiencing crisis or find themselves in circumstances which could be harmful to their families without additional support. Connect responds proactively by helping families to coordinate services to become physically and emotionally healthy environments.
The Children’s Center has many programs designed to improve the lives of children in Transylvania County. We partner with parents and a variety of agencies that work with children to help accomplish our goals. Our mission is to create, maintain, and operate a center that shall coordinate a multidisciplinary approach for services for children who are at risk of, or victims of, neglect and abuse in Transylvania County.
- Sexual Abuse Interviews – A single location where the child tells his/her story to a caring, skilled interviewr. The atmosphere is caring, non-clinical and supportive of the child’s real emotional needs.
- Family Visitation – A place where children in foster care can visit with family members in a welcoming, child-friendly atmosphere.
- Interagency Case Management – The coordination of services wtih other agencies assures the best use of resources for each client.
- Emergency Assistance – Special help for families in crisis. Includes transportation, medicine, gas vouchers, diapers, etc. Individual counseling also provided in certain cases.
- The Nurturing Program – An early intervention program aimed at stopping child abuse and neglect before it begins. Parenting classes are also offered to assist families feel more confident and competent about managing day to day life.
- Baby Think It Over – Computerized babies given to all county High School freshman to take home for the weekend. Students must take care of the baby’s needs, write a journal, and plan a budget. Simulates what it would be like to be a teen parent.
The Foster Grandparent Program is a federally funded program through the Corporation of National and Community Service that provides opportunities for older adults to impact the lives of children in their community.
Foster Grandparents are individuals age 55 and over who thrive on direct interaction with children and believe they can make a difference in their lives. They serve as mentors, tutors, and loving caregivers to children with special needs in local elementary schools, Head Start Programs and non-profit Child Care centers. They help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Foster Grandparents give the comfort and love that sets a child on the path towards a successful future.
To qualify for FGP volunteers must be at least 55 years of age or older, live on a limited income, able to serve between 15 – 40 hours a week working closely with children.