Child and Family Support Center seeing increased demand, decreased funding

Like other non-profit organizations the Child and Family Support Center has lost funding during the severe recession. Yet the center’s Executive Director Esterlee Molyneaux says the number of requests for services is up 24 percent. Because it hurts to see a child who has been abused, Molyneaux encourages people to call before abuse happens. “One of the main services we provide is a 24 hour crisis nursery,” Molyneaux explains. “That is available, again, to all parents in our community, free of charge, completely confidential for whenever they’re in a crisis. “So maybe a parent’s lost a job and they need to go in for job interviews but they don’t have child care. We are there to help watch their kids. Maybe there’s a medical emergency or something going on with your family that you just need a place for your kids to go for a little while.” Molyneaux says during the last year alone the 24 hour crisis/respite nursery received 3,206 visits. She says several fundraisers have helped the center, including a Christmas Boutique which was held on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the CFSC. Molyneaux says the weekend fundraiser was one of the center’s most successful and plans to make it an annual tradition. Money raised from the event goes directly to the expansion of the center’s nursery.

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