The Family Center staff is passionate about helping our community understand the vast and devastating effects of childhood trauma, including abuse and neglect, so they can empower parents to create safe, stable and nurturing relationships. To that end, The Family Center works closely with agencies and organizations to provide tailored professional training for staff who work with or on behalf of children, parents, and families. 

Topics include:

  • recognizing, reporting, and responding to child abuse and neglect
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): understanding the link between child maltreatment and adult health and well-being
  • the role of life experiences in shaping brain development
  • how to effectively engage parents with a history of trauma
  • trauma-informed care
  • creating and maintaining a trauma-informed organization

To schedule a professional training session for your staff contact Brad Palmertree at 615.333.2644 x15

 

 WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We know you’re passionate about children having the resources needed to excel!  Today they need your help…  these bipartisan-supported programs are at risk:

  • Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Maternal, Infant, & Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV - pronounced McVee). 

75% of funding for Tennessee's evidence-based home visiting programs for higher risk children are federal dollars. THOUSANDS of TN children are at risk. Please call your Senators Alexander and Corker… ask them to pass Senate Bill S1829! Click here for some talking points. There is also a script below that you can easily read. 

Some points to keep in mind while calling: 

Be polite and respectful to the person who answers the phone. They’re likely an intern.

  • You may be asked for your zip code – please provide your personal zip code. This is how some offices keep track of constituent calls and confirm that you are indeed a constituent.
  • You are calling in support of this program & policy - not in support of or opposition to the senator/representative. 
Who You're Calling 
Senators
Representatives
Sample Scripts
When calling your senators:
 
Hello, my name is _______ and I live in [city, TN]. I’m calling to urge Senator [Corker/Alexander] to renew federal funding for home visiting by supporting Senate bill 1829, bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program for five years without a harmful state match. It’s been two weeks since inaction allowed the program to expire, and services and jobs are on the line. 75% of all funds for this important child abuse prevention program in our state relies on federal funding. So, I’m asking Senator [Corker/Alexander] do everything in his power to pass S. 1829 as soon as possible. The clock is ticking. Children and families across Tennessee are counting on Senator [Corker/Alexander] and his colleagues to pass federal funding for home visiting. Thank you.

 

When calling your representative:
 
Hello, my name is _______ and I live in [city, TN]. I’m calling to urge Representative _______ to renew federal funding for home visiting by supporting S. 1829, bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program for five years without a harmful state match. It’s been two weeks since inaction allowed the program to expire, and jobs and services are on the line. So, I’m asking Representative _____ do everything in his/her power to pass this legislation as soon as possible. 75% of all funds for this important child abuse prevention program in our state relies on federal funding. The clock is ticking. Children and families across the country are counting on Representative _____ and his/her colleagues to pass federal funding for home visiting. Thank you.