Secure and healthy families are the foundation of healthy and safe homes as well as strong communities. Exchange Clubs and Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Centers across the country help build this foundation by providing supportive services and educational programs. At the heart of our efforts is the Exchange Parent Aide program, facilitated through Exchange Club CAP Centers across the country. Parent Aides are trained and professionally supervised individuals (either volunteer or paraprofessional), who work in the homes of families to provide education and support. Parent Aides are mentors for families. In addition to the Parent Aide program, these centers also provide a variety of other supportive services. Exchange Club members support this effort in a variety of ways---from distributing educational information to volunteering to raising funds for CAP programs.
The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is a community-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to shaping the future of Spokane by keeping kids safe and strengthening families. This is done through 24-hour emergency care, parent education and support programs, distributing basic needs such as diapers, wipes and formula, crisis counseling and resource referrals.
Every year we keep nearly 4,000 children safe, loved and nurtured. In addition, we strongly believe that strengthening families through our parent education and support programs enhances the outcomes for the children we see. Parents and caregivers should never have to feel alone in parenting or feel ashamed of asking for help.
Nearly 100% of the families that utilize Crisis Nursery services are living at or below the poverty level (66% earn $5,000 or less annually), therefore all services are provided free of charge.
Since 1987, the Crisis Nursery has provided love and safety to nearly 64,000 children at risk of abuse and neglect and a source of support for their parents.
For more information call us at (509) 535-3155 or visit our website at www.vanessabehan.org
SCAN is a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency that has been serving children and families in Eastern Washington since 1973. SCAN was the first child abuse prevention agency in Washington and the second nationally. Since then, SCAN has been advocating on behalf of children and youth in vulnerable populations by helping educate families to provide permanent, safe, and nurturing homes.
The mission at SCAN is “keeping children safe from abuse and neglect through education, training, and mentoring”. To fulfill this mission, SCAN serves 250 families per month through programs that help reunite and strengthen families by providing individual and group counseling and parenting education, monitored visitation and reunification of parents with their children, and fatherhood support and training programs. For more information, call (509) 458-7445 or go to www.scancenter.org
In Spokane, Children’s Home Society of Washington (CHSW) offers counseling, family support, and early learning programs to children and families. Staff promote healthy growth and development in children and families and help parents and caregivers take on the challenge of raising strong and healthy children. Working together with other agencies as well as school districts, staff strengthen school readiness to make sure children are prepared for school – and life.
Founded in 1896, CHSW is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and families in Washington State. CHSW’s mission is to develop healthy children, create strong families, build engaged communities, and speak and advocate for children. CHSW has 6 statewide offices in Seattle, Auburn, Vancouver, Wenatchee, Spokane, and Walla Walla and supports 39,000 children and families each year. For more information, visit www.childrenshomesociety.org or call (509) 747-4174.