The Family Resource Center, Liberation Center, is one of four new family resource centers that will be created across the state (and the only one in Richmond) to help limited wealth communities reduce the incidence of child abuse/neglect by focusing on the success of the family. These new centers reflect the Virginia General Assembly’s 2020 Appropriations Act that recognized an opportunity to make a bold, unprecedented, and coordinated commitment to prevent child abuse/neglect across the Commonwealth. It directed the Virginia Department of Social Services to establish a five-year child welfare Prevention Plan, a new collaborative effort with 29 different organizations, including those representing parent and youth voice. These four new centers were announced after a competitive application process last Fall. We believe the Liberation Center will be a place where families come to thrive. We also believe that when families heal and thrive, then our children heal and thrive, and our communities heal and thrive. The Liberation Center will serve families (including those with multiple generations living under one roof who have re-defined “family” in ways that are meaningful to them) who live in the neighborhoods nearby.
The Liberation Center will open in Summer 2023 and will be located at 5501 Midlothian Turnpike. The Center will represent sanctuary and transformation and offer a bold, unprecedented, and coordinated commitment to providing families opportunities to build resiliency, create connection, community, and attachment. Families will be integral to the process of co-designing programming and identifying resources they need to thrive. We will help families build and strengthen those protective factors that will help them move from chaos to stability through a cross-system approach to supporting families and children, using our ever-growing network of collaborative partnerships.
Stay tuned for more information as we move forward!
Please contact Pilar Waters – Liberation Center Program Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
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