Helping children at risk for 50 years

June 01, 2016
To lighten the burden of families facing vulnerable times that place them or their children at risk, Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center is there to help. Children with developmental disabilities, emotional challenges, or who encounter domestic violence, substance or physical abuse find loving care and support at Providence.

Strengthening vulnerable parents

In 2015, nearly 4,100 families were served through the center’s innovative programs. A grateful parent said, “I thank God for this program because without it, I don’t know where I would be. I probably wouldn’t be in school, my son would probably be in the system because I probably would have ran off somewhere.” By accompanying families on their journey, Providence eases anxiety and fears and as this parent said that the center taught them “how to be a responsible parent.” This safe and nurturing environment is a true clinic without walls, providing critical services out in the community, on school sites and in the home.

Safe, nurturing services that respond to unmet needs

A persistent lack of access to affordable mental health services consistently ranks within the top five priority health issues identified by Providence’s community health needs assessment. In response, many families receive services from the center at no cost thanks to Providence’s annual investment of more than $1.5 million. The majority of this investment is provided at a financial loss because it fulfills a critical need in the community.

A respected teaching center

During the past 50 years, the center has become a model program serving mental health needs among children, adolescents and their families. As a nationally-recognized social work and psychology training institute, graduates competitively seek placement for internships at the center. In 2012, the center’s pre-doctoral psychology training program was honored with a national award from the Board of Education Affairs of the American Psychological Association for its contributions in educating and training child and adolescent mental health psychologists.

Learn more about Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center.