Mission: New river valley child advocacy, resources, education, and services (nrv cares)
Programs: Parent education offers three activities to the community: parenting young children, circle of parents, and parenting through separation and divorce. Parenting young children provides parenting courses to parents/caregivers of children under the age of six, using the systematic training for effective parenting (step) curriculum. Child care and meals are provided during each of the eight weekly classes. 93 individuals were served in fy15 with 93% reporting an increase in knowledge of concept covered; 100% reported implementation of the strategies learned; and 100% reported satisfaction with the services provided. Circle of parents, a new program added this year, offered a weekly parent support group to parents of children of any age. 10 individuals were served. Parenting through separation and divorce, another new program, provided four-hour sessions to parents navigating the difficulties of parenting after a separation/divorce. This program was transferred to the agency in june following the closing of the local non-profit agency previously providing the program. 29 individuals were served with 90% reporting learning new ways to help their child through the transition and 76% reporting an increased ability to co-parent or parallel parent. Parenting through separation and divorce charges $50/participant to enroll. All other parent education services are offered free of charge to the public. 3,317 service hours were provided.
court appointed special advocates (casa) of the new river valley recruit, train, and support community volunteers who serve as officers of domestic and juvenile relations courts in child abuse/neglect cases. Assigned by the presiding judge, casa volunteers research the child's situation. Through detailed reports provided by casa volunteers, the judge is able to make well informed decisions regarding the placement of the child. 122 abused/neglected children received advocacy through casa of the n
community education activities target those of all ages and inform about issues regarding child abuse/neglect in the new river valley. Hugs and kisses (a play shown in elementary schools addressing the serious issue of child sexual abuse in an appropriate manner), stewards of children training (for adult employees and volunteers of youth-serving organizations to better prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse) and community presentations (regarding child abuse/neglect) were offered.