NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Family Support Program, Child Support Services, and other community partners will kick off the Bridging Change Initiative on Friday, February 23, at Cape Fear Community College’s (CFCC) Union Station.
“The mission of the Bridging Change initiative is to create new avenues of positive family engagement for families who are using, or in need of, Child Support Services,” said Larry Mays, DSS Family Support Program coordinator and Bridging Change Initiative founder. “By addressing some immediate stressors for families, we hope to open more opportunities for trust building among separated parents, and a family environment that supports the child’s relationship with the non-custodial parent.”
Intended for families with an open DSS child support case, Bridging Change will offer a variety of services that will facilitate communication between non-custodial and custodial parents, and that will build relationships between non-custodial parents and their children.
Services include mediation, classes on constructive communication and effective parenting, education and job-readiness services, and assistance with visitation for non-custodial parents.
The kick-off event on February 23 will introduce the Bridging Change Initiative to potential clients and referring partners. Those interested in participating in the Bridging Change Initiative, as well as those who work with children and families, are encouraged to attend.
Check-in is at 8:30 a.m., and the program begins at 9:15 a.m. Limited, free parking is available in the CFCC visitor lot.
To register, visit http://bit.ly/Bridging-Change. For more information, contact the New Hanover County Department of Social Services’ Family Support Program at 910-798-3446.
Communications & Outreach Coordinator