About the Family Center

The Family Center of Mobile is a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in 1991 with the support of the Mobile Exchange Club and Parents Anonymous. The Family Center has earned the AAA accreditation from the National Exchange Club Foundation in Toledo for its programs and management. The center opened with one employee teaching parenting classes at 1904 Government Street. In 2002 the ECFC began two new programs. Healthy Start-Never Shake a Baby is offered to new parents in area hospitals in the days following the birth of their children. Healthy Start is still active at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital today. Supervised visitation (Family Time) for non-custodial parents was also launched that year and continues to grow each year. Monitored exchanges for separated or divorced parents switching children for weekend or holiday visitation was added in 2006 and is now available free to the public. The focus of our programs has always been working with parents to educate and train them while their children are very young in order to prevent abuse and neglect BEFORE IT HAPPENS. A second focus is to stress the importance of having both parents active and involved in their children’s lives.

There have been several moves over the years and many dedicated sponsors, volunteers, board members and student interns who have helped to strengthen families and reduce abuse through our programs. The staff cannot possibly meet all the needs of families without this type of support.

All programs provided by The Family Center of Mobile are offered free of charge to the public when certain conditions are met. Parents may opt to pay for some services if they prefer not to meet these conditions. Thousands are served every year through our programs.

Referrals are accepted from other agencies, the court system, and clients themselves. Our work focuses on families with children twelve and under in order to instill healthy parenting behaviors BEFORE abuse can occur. Our staff members are mandatory reporters of child abuse and work closely with the Department of Human Resources.

The Family Center is a 501 (c) (3) and relies heavily on volunteers, donations, and grants.

The Family Center Staff

Lydia Pettijohn, M.S., FDC, Executive Director
Kim K. Brown, Development Coordinator
Vidmer Greer, CPA, Bookkeeper

Mobile Office

Amy de Haart, MS, Family Time Coordinator & Group Facilitator

Beth Mead, B.S., Case Manager
Vicki O’Malley, BS, Healthy Start Facilitator
Gerardo Cantu, MA, Group Facilitator, Fatherhood Program
Nancy Kalifeh, Group Facilitator, Fatherhood Program

Chatom Office

Sharon Cody Beech, MSW, Chatom Site Coordinator for Tri-County Services

Daphne Office

Christie Brannon, Administrative Assistant, Fatherhood Program
Judy Simpson, LPC, Parent Educator, Fatherhood Program
Ann Shirley, Parent Educator, Fatherhood Program

The Family Center Board of Directors

Jennifer Chavers, President
Damien Langan, Vice President
Marie Davis, Secretary
Owen McDonnell, Jr., Treasurer
Nathan Baughn
Adam Bourne
Anita Clarke
Travis Everette
Jim Jeffries
Caitlin Macon
Desmond Toler

Advisory Board Members

Ray Carney
Sheriff Samuel Cochran
Louis Colston, III
Lisa deShazo
Terry Edeker
Virginia Haas
Fred D. Jones, Jr.
Dennis Langan
James Lovorn
Margaret Lovvorn
Judge Edmond Naman
Jesse Ortmann
Katherine Rouse
William Saliba

Stephanie Streeter
Robert Thomson
John Raggett (deceased)


To strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect by providing free education, training and support to parents and caregivers in Southwest Alabama.



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