Our Mission

The Mission of the Center is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by providing home based remedial and preventive intervention to abused and/or neglected children or those considered to be "at risk" and their families.
Family strengthening programs include:

  1. DCF's Family Enrichment Services
  2. DCF's Community Support Differential Response for Families
  3. Crisis Parent Aide Program
  4. Hispanic Crisis Parent Aide Program
  5. Kid First Supervised Visitation
  6. School Based Parent Leadership Training Program
  7. DCF's Parent Project
  8. The Nurturing Program
  9. Community Based Parent support groups and workshops as needed
  10. All Program are provided in English, Spanish and Creole

Our Story

The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse of Southern CT, Inc. opened its doors in March of 1989 as a satellite of the Rockville Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center, which was the second Exchange Club Center in the Nation to be opened. The Center does business as (DBA) The Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center. In 1994 the Center became an independent 501(c)3 organization focusing on crisis intervention in the effort to break the cycle of child abuse while preserving the family unit.

The mission of the Center is to stop or prevent the cycle of child abuse or neglect in families by modeling nurturing parenting practices and teaching age appropriate expectations and discipline techniques. Intervention is home based and driven by the family's strengths. The goal is to stop violence and to preserve the family.

The families typically served are those at risk of or already experiencing child abuse or neglect such as families with failure-to-thrive infants or shaken baby syndrome or dependent children from ages 0-18 that are exhibiting behavioral indicators of child abuse or neglect.

All programs at the Center are strength based, have been piloted, field tested and are proven as evidence-based practices known for their effectiveness in treating this horrific problem. The Center is AAA accredited nationally by the National Exchange Club Foundation for highest achievement and best practices.

Since its founding, The Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center has helped over 10,000 children and their families, and case studies show a greater than 85% success rate among families served!

The program components include:

  1. DCF's Family Enrichment Services
  2. DCF's Differential Response System –
    Community Support for Families
  3. DCF's Parent Project for parents of high risk teens.
  4. Crisis Parent Aide & Hispanic Crisis Parent Aide
  5. Parent Support Groups,
  6. School Based Parent Leadership groups,
  7. Parenting workshops and classes,
  8. Membership in Multi Disciplinary teams,
  9. Information and Referral/ assessments,
  10. Services for new parents,
  11. Supervised Visitation,
  12. Community Awareness/Education and internship training.