Services for Families

    Positive Parenting

    From the first day of life to the first day of kindergarten, children grow faster than at any other time in their lives.  The first five years of life literally shape how the brain gets built, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning.  Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers.  We can show you how.

    Families Come with Lots of Questions!

    Resources for Hanover Families

    I need shots for my child:
    • Call Hanover Health Department, (804) 365-4313
    I need medical care/health care for my family:
    • Call Hanover Health Department, (804) 365-4313
    I am worried about my baby's development:
    • Call Infant and Toddler Connection of Hanover, (804) 723-2070
    I am pregnant and I need help with medical care or food:
    • Call Hanover Health Department, (804) 365-4313
    I need someone go give me guidance and resources as a pregnant/new mother:
    • Call Family Lifeline Home Visiting Program, (804) 249-5914
    I would like new ideas to improve my child's behavior:
    • Call Community Services Parent Educator, (804) 365-4238
    • Call your school guidance counselor
    I want to know more about preschool options in Hanover County:
    • Call Hanover Preschool Initiative, (804) 365-4506
    I want someone to share resources and teach me activities so I can be the best parent to my child:
    • Call Family Lifeline Home Visiting Program, (804) 249-5914
    I can't afford to feed my family:
    • Call Department of Social Services, (804) 365-4100
    • Call Ashland Christian Emergency Services (ACES), (804) 798-2784
    • Call Western Hanover Emergency Action Team (WHEAT), (877) 559-4328
    • Call Mechanicsville Christian Emergency Fund (MCEF), (804) 774-8212
    I don't feel safe at home with my partner:
    • Call Hanover Safe Place, (804) 752-2702
    I feel stressed and overwhelmed:
    • Call Hanover Community Services, (804) 365-4200
    I want to find free and fun family activities:
    • Call Pamunkey Regional Library, (804) 365-6210
    • Call Parks & Recreation, (804) 365-7150
    I have other questions:
    • Call Community Resources, (804) 365-4300

    Workshops for Parents, Families and the Community

    The Community Services Board (CSB) offers workshops for parents, families, and the community that focus on developing the strengths and life skills of parents and their children.  Some of the workshops we offer include:

    • Family Matters 
      A four-hour seminar for parents who have petitioned the courts because of custody, visitation or child support.  The class helps teach parents about how conflict affects children.  Parents are also given information about community resources
    • Guiding Good Choices: Families that Care
      A five week workshop series that provides parents and others caring for 9-11 year olds the opportunity to learn and talk with others about ways to help kids make healthy decisions and avoid risky behaviors
    • Strengthening Families
      This program is for families with children 10-14 years old.  Parents meet to learn about adolescent development and share ideas that work while the pre-teens and teens learn their own set of skills.  Later the groups join together to practice what they have learned and have some fun.
    • Staying Connected with Your Teen
      Parents of teens aged 12-17 years old have the opportunity to learn and practice skills for improving communication and building stronger family bonds.

    Mental Health First Aid is similar to First Aid and CPR.  Mental Health First Aid is a full-day, interactive workshop that provides participants with a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health problems.  Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is the initial help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.  Participants will learn about the prevalence of common mental health issues, including signs and symptoms and strategies to connect with appropriate professional, peer, social or self-help care.  We offer two versions of Mental Health First Aid:  the Adult version and a Youth Version for adults who work with adolescents.

    safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

    We also offer consultations for parents to talk about their concerns and help them gather ideas, resources and skills they can use at home.

    Contact Us

    To find out more or to schedule a workshop or consultation, call us at (804) 365-4238, Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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