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Lynchburg Community Action Group (Lyn-CAG)

Children and Family Services

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Family Services

Supporting families through a wide variety of supports

Family Advocacy

What is a Family Advocate?

A Family Advocate is responsible for working with families to help them realize their strengths and also provide resources to navigate through their weaknesses. Family Advocates engage families in their child/ren’s learning activities and serve as the link between families and community resources.

What is the role of a Family Advocate?

• Assist parents/guardians with identifying their individual and family strengths and needs.

• Develop lasting relationships with children and their families.

• Assist families with developing Family Partnership Agreements.

• Link families to needed community resources (ie. Food pantries, educational resources, employment opportunities, housing resources, and health resources).

• Monitors child/ren’s enrollment and attendance in Head Start & Summer Programming.

• Provide support to families, teachers, staff, and work collaboratively for the well-being of the children and families served.

What to Expect from Family Advocates:

· Home Visits

· Weekly Phone Calls

· Linkage to Community Resources

· Identifying, monitoring, and reviewing family goals

· Collaborating with all service providers

Questions? Please Contact:

Alexis Robinson, BSW

Family Services Coordinator

Office: (434) 849-7735

Family Engagement 

Family Engagement Center

The Lyn-CAG Family Engagement Center has a variety of activities that engage the family as a whole. We have created a warm and inviting space specifically for building family bonds and positive family interactions. There is an array of engaging activities available through the Lyn-CAG FEC such as…

  • Family-to-Family Mentoring Sessions
  • Family-Centered Community Outings
  • Cooking Camps & Food Clubs
  • Family Game Nights
  • Community Outreach Projects
  • Blended Parental Courses in Incredible Years & Parenting the Positive Discipline Way
  • Monthly Special Interests Workshops

As we build community partnerships, we will continue to grow and offer programming tailored to the needs of each family. 


Humbled Hands MOPS

The Lyn-CAG Children and Family Services is proud to be the parent to the Humbled Hands MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is a unique parental resource, unseen before in our community. MOPS works within the community to gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. Our acronym stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” because we began in 1973 when a group of moms with young children banded together to share their lives and parenting journeys. Over the past 45 years, MOPS has expanded our community to include moms with school-aged kids. In addition, we are collaborating with churches and organizations worldwide to equip and encourage moms in more than 68 countries. Through the Lyn-CAG Children and Family Services, the Humbled Hands MOPS group covers the communities of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Lynchburg. We offer the following services to our MOPS participants…

  • Access to digital events, resources and pamphlets
  • One-on-one consultation with a MOPS Leader/ Representative
  • Group sessions and Mommy Mentors
  • Awana Club for children & MOPS Membership for Mommy
  • Free Group Gatherings through Facebook and YouTube
  • A Sisterhood unlike any other

We are women who believe that motherhood is a powerful catalyst for friendship, networking, connection, and faith.

For more information contact Dee Hamlet-Andrews, Parent Cooridnator

Hayes Fatherhood Initiative

Named after Roland Hayes, The Hayes Fatherhood Initiative MISSION is to strengthen the Community by Empowering Fathers and Father Figures with Tools and Resources to promote positive male engagement in the lives of ALL children in our community.

VISION STATEMENT

The VISION of the Hayes Fatherhood Initiative is for the lives of each child in our community to be positively impacted by a supportive male father figure.

The rollout of the Hayes Fatherhood Initiative includes program stages.

  • Stage 1: Surveying the community to determine the current needs and interests of the fathers and father figures living in the community. (June 2021-August 2021)
  • Stage 2: Building programming around the results of the surveys with community partners. (August thru September)
  • Stage 3: Launching the program with a kick-off event (Fall 2021)
  • Stage 4: Building the program through expanded partnerships and community involvement.

For more information contact Duane Thomas, Fatherhood Coordinator

Behavior/Mental and Developmental Support Services

Developmental Services- Children enrolled in Head Start will receive ongoing developmental screenings to address any delays in development and need for more intensive services. If services are identified, Head Start works both internally and through community, partnerships to promote and support nurturing relationships for all children and families in our intensive service care. 


With the main focus on the development of the child, individualized services allow for mental, behavioral, and developmental professionals to build developmental domains at the pace and need of the individual child. Services are supportive, affirming, and strengths-based. Services are specifically designed to be respectful of the child and family’s individuality, culture, and ethnicity.


Intensive family service providers work in a variety of ways to assure that all children in our services have opportunities for nurturing relationships essential for optimal growth and development. We offer direct services to children and families, consult and collaborate with other community professionals, and advocate for services. All of these activities reflect a commitment to values that are the bedrock of early childhood mental health practice.

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For more information contact April Birchfield [email protected]