Supporting families through a wide variety of supports
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 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
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.
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