STRONG START is modeled after The Relief Nursery, a nationally recognized, comprehensive family support program for parents of children up to six years of age who are experiencing extraordinary stress. Established in Oregon in 1976, the program has consistently shown positive results in helping overwhelmed families decrease their stress and increase their parenting skills.
The mission of STRONG START is to prevent the cycle of child abuse and neglect by early intervention that focuses on building successful and resilient children, strengthening parents and preserving families. Our therapeutic early childhood services and comprehensive family support empowers vulnerable families and stop the vicious cycle of child abuse and neglect. Families seeking services are often struggling with risk factors such as financial strain, a history of abuse, substance abuse or a lack of social support.
STRONG START is an effective model of child protection and family preservation, building on the knowledge that children are best served when they remain with their families.