The Exchange Club Family Resource Center
The Exchange Club Family Resource Center is an ongoing major emphasis project for the club. In 1988, The Exchange Club of Rome became interested in opening a Child Abuse Prevention Center, after learning of the impact of other Exchange-sponsored Parent Aide programs and that no resource of this nature existed in Floyd County. In June of 1989, a task force headed by Katie Dempsey was formed to explore the possibility of opening a Child Abuse Prevention Center in Rome/Floyd County. This task force held a series of three meetings with local community and social services agencies, law enforcement, legislators, judges, medical professionals, and interested community members. Approximately 40 individuals representing these groups attended the meetings to study the national Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention program and to investigate the need for a Center in Floyd County. The study group supported the National program and agreed to collaborate on the project. In June of 1990, The Rome Exchange Club unanimously extended its support and voted to adopt the Child Abuse Prevention Center project. The Exchange Club Family Resource Center was officially opened in November of 1991.
Programs and Services
Parent Aide, home based intervention: Trained Parent Aides work in the homes of high risk families and teach nurturing and non-abusive parenting through the use of modeling, literature, DVDs, and other educational materials. Parent Aides also assist parents in addressing additional situations and factors which place the children at risk of abuse and neglect. This program is tailored for the specific needs of the clients.
Community Awareness Campaign: The Center participates in a wide variety of community based education initiatives to build community awareness of child abuse and neglect. The Center also provides programming and support for schools, churches, and local civic organizations.
Supervised Visitation: Parent Aides can provide supervised visitation between parents and their children which have been placed in foster care. Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange service are also available for families involved in custody conflicts and or visitation cases.
Divorcing Parents Seminar: Four hour education seminar designed for parents who have or are currently experiencing divorce. This program assists parents with helping their children cope with the short and long term effects of divorce.
Other Services: On site resource library, information services, inter-agency referral services.
In 2012 we served 1,792 people in 483 families with our programs. These families come from all walks of life and are our friends and neighbors in Rome and Floyd County. By creating better and stronger families, we are helping to create a better and stronger community which makes Rome and Floyd County a healthier place to live and work.
The Family Resource Center has served 10,187 people, including 5,420 children, in Floyd county from 2008-2012. This accounts for 2,344 families!!!