For more than a year, a program development committee consisting of a local judge, physicians, the child abuse assessment center, therapists, Head Start, a local bank, retired professionals and attorneys met to discuss how to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs.
We imagined a place that would stablize families, improve the quality of parent-child interactions, support positive child development, and stop child abuse and neglect in Yamhill County.
Many communities in Oregon have pioneered a Relief Nursery model – a non-profit child abuse and neglect prevention agency proven to strengthen high-risk families and keep young children safe. Nationally recognized, the Relief Nursery stops the cycle of child abuse and neglect with its blend of therapeutic early childhood services and comprehensive family support, including alcohol and drug recovery support services.
Services are built on research-based principles with proven outcomes.
Our group decided that building a local Relief Nursery to empower families, strengthen children and preserve communities would be the best way to address these issues in Yamhill County. We have named our relief nursery A Family Place.
With the help of many community members, we opened our doors on October 14, 2013. We are excited to offer proven, effective services to strengthen Yamhill County families.