To strengthen families so that children can live safely and develop fully in their parents’ care

The Purpose of the Family Nurturing Center is to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect.

  • We help parents keep their children safely within their own families.
  • We support children as they heal from difficult life experiences.
  • We wrap an array of services around families in crisis helping them rebuild their lives and raise healthy and thriving children

The Family Nurturing Center is a part of Oregon’s innovative and comprehensive response to support children and families in crisis. The Family Nurturing Center is one of 30 Relief Nurseries throughout the state, all working to support the communities in which they operate. The FNC focuses on the needs of children, their parents, and the family as a unit by offering supportive services to keep children safe and families together.

The Family Nurturing Center (FNC), Rogue Valley Children’s Relief Nursery is a child abuse and neglect prevention and intervention program serving vulnerable families with children from birth to age five. FNC was created in May of 2006 in response to the growing number of child abuse victims in our area. From a small beginning in one room with four children, we have grown to a staff of over 60 professionals serving families via therapeutic early childhood experience, home visitation program, mental health services, family stabilization and care coordination, parent education, respite, emergency support and advocacy.

General Information
* More than 600 children and more than 1000 family members are helped annually

Why are we needed?

  • 845 children (under 18) were victims of abuse and neglect last year
  • 53% of victims were under age 6
  • 4,283 reports of abuse were made
  • 428 children are currently in foster care
  • 90% of brain development and basic social and emotional patterns are established in the first 3 years of life (Bruce Perry)

Making a Difference

  • The average stay in foster care for Relief Nursery children is shorter than children not served in Relief Nurseries.
  • After 12 months of our services results show improved quality of parenting and family functioning.
  • 98% of children enrolled in the intensive Relief Nursery were able to remain safely with their families.
  • Every dollar invested with the Family Nurturing Center reduces the communities tax burden by seven dollars.

Innovation award from Jackson Care Connect, 2016