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The mission of the Joan A. Male Family Support Center is to provide free support to families and safety to children when parenting gets tough.
For over 35 years, the Joan A. Male Family Support Center has provided services to families with children of all ages - the support they can't always get from families, neighbors, or even parents. Agency services include: 24-hour Parent Help Line and in-home crisis intervention, phone follow-up services, parent support groups with companion child care groups, child enrichment programs, intensive home based preventive services, mandated preventive services, child care and emergency respite care, advocay and linkage, and community education. No fees are charged for these services. The Agency also has a full service day care center, Raggedy Ann & Andy Comprehensive Child Care Center, licensed for 124 children.
Through our services, we work to stop the intergenerational cycle of violence, as statistics show that approximately 95% of parents who abuse/neglect their children were maltreated as children. As a nonprofit agency, we are dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in all its forms - physical, emotional, and sexual. We offer immediate assistance - with no application procedures, no eligibility requirements, and no waiting period. Perceived by families as being safe and non-threatening, the Agency is highly effiective in engaging families resistant to traditional services.