Anger Management Classes

Develop skills that can help you gain better control of yourself and eliminate or minimize violent behavior.

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Positive Parenting Classes

Parenting classes open to the public! Completion certificates provided.

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Responsible Parenting

The research is clear: children thrive when they have involved parents-someone who knows and loves them, guides and helps them achieve their destiny...

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The Family Center – Prevention is Our Middle Name

At The Family Center, prevention is our middle name. We are here to prevent child abuse in this community by providing parents and caregivers with education, training and support through collaboration with other agencies.  The Exchange Club of Mobile and the Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama are our faithful supporters.  We welcome you to join them to join them in the important work we provide for families.  Our programs are unique to Mobile and we offer the only supervised visitation program in South Alabama.  Our monitored exchanges of children help families with high conflict follow court orders for visitation without having contact with one another.  Our parenting and anger management classes open up new, more effective ways for families to function giving their children a brighter future in the process. This is the way to break the cycle of abuse like no treatment ever will.  The earlier the intervention the more effective it is.  We aim to reach new parents and start them out on the right foot.

Over the Edge

Be one of the first 90 individuals to raise a minimum of $1,000 and you can rappel off the Mobile Marriott located on Airport Boulevard, the proceeds are used to assist The 74 Club and Dennis Langan Construction in support of the local non-profits of St. Mary’s Home, MARC, McKemie Place, The Ronald McDonald House, The Child Advocacy Center, The Exchange Club, Woody’s Song and The Shriners.

Please visit for details!

*Special prize for lead fundraising individual and prizes for the first 30 who reach their fundraising goal.


Family Time (Supervised Visitation)

Many parents are court ordered to have supervised visitation with their children. Our centers provide welcoming and home-like atmospheres where parents and children can visit each other with a supervisor present to document interactions. Reports and court testimony are available for nominal fees.

Two play rooms are available and designed for different age children with a myriad of entertaining activities and equipment. Each family has a room to itself.  The center offers a sliding fee scale of $30 – $60 an hour when parents enroll in our positive parenting workshops. Visits are available seven days a week in Mobile and Daphne as well as weekends in Chatom, with adequate notification. Visit supervisors will prevent parents from having any contact unless they wish to.

Monitored Exchanges

In 2006 we began offering a service formerly performed by the Mobile Police Department. When exchanging children for weekend or holiday visitations, parents can now come to the Family Center and avoid contact with one another per restraining orders. Regular exchange hours are 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday and Sunday evenings and as needed for holidays and summer visitation. Other times can be arranged when necessary. Staff will prevent contact between parents and document all exchanges. Staff can also arrange for exchanges between parents who have restraining orders or PFAs, making any phone contact unnecessary.

Friday and Sunday night exchanges are free between 5:30-6:00PM. They are funded by a grant from the Alabama Law Foundation. All other exchanges are $20, which is split $10/$10 between the parents.

Court orders are optional to use this service if both parties agree. Parents must attend orientation and complete paperwork before coming for the first exchange. Please call 251- 554-4734 to arrange for your orientation to this helpful program.

Healthy Start: Never Shake A Baby

This prevention program deals directly with one of the most serious forms of child abuse in children: Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). The Family Center was asked by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Child Death Review Team to develop a hospital-based prevention program in 2002. That program has been funded by ADPH since then and is now offered at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. The program has been adopted by other hospitals in Mobile and Baldwin County.

The program’s main focus is the stress of a new baby and teaching parents how to calm a crying infant using Dr. Harvey Karp’s 5S method. Almost all babies are shaken because of uncontrollable crying. The program is offered in the patient’s room and she and her family are encouraged to take the 30-minute class in preparation for going home with their new child. The class ends with the 8-minute video “Portrait of Promise” which details the devastating effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome in three infants. Parents are asked to sign an affidavit stating that they have had the workshop and understand the dangers of shaking their child. They also promise to share the material with their infant’s caregivers.

New parents are invited to attend parenting classes and groups for new moms. Follow up calls are made one month after baby is born.

Positive Parenting Groups

Kids don’t come with a set of instructions! Fortunately, we can help. Our Thursday morning classes are a great place to pick up practical advice on child rearing. Classes cover everything from child development to stress and anger management with a healthy dose of good discipline thrown in. Classes are open to all, including foster parents, grandparents and day care workers. Graduates receive completion certificates for credit.

Free childcare is provided during classes. Call 251-479-5700 today to register for classes and childcare and get started with the most beneficial information you can learn about bringing up healthy children and staying calm while you do it! Your children will thank you for it.

These classes are funded  in part by the Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama.

Speakers Bureau

Speakers are available to visit your group and discuss parenting or child abuse issues.

All programs are open to the public. Participants are screened for convictions of sexual abuse, and those with records are not allowed on The Family Center premises.