NRVCS has announced it will offer two new cycles of the popular “Strengthening Families Program” in both Floyd and Montgomery counties this spring.

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children, while also improving social skills and even academic performance.

NEW THIS YEAR! SFP will be incorporating information about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), sometimes referred to as trauma, affect brain development and behaviors – which can often have lifelong impact.

According to NRVCS Prevention Specialist Leslie Beasley, SFP is open to families with children between the ages of 6 and 12. Families who participate are treated to a free meal each week and free child care is provided for children who are under the age of 6 or over the age of 12. (Note: Families do not have to be currently enrolled in services through NRVCS to participate in SFP.)

Families in Montgomery County are invited to attend the SFP cycle that will be held at the Christiansburg Church of the Brethren (310 S. Franklin Street, Christiansburg) on Monday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m., beginning February 19 and continuing for 12 weeks.

The Floyd County cycle of SFP will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Plenty! (192 Elephant Curve Road, NW, Floyd), beginning February 21 and continuing for 12 weeks. NRVCS is proud to partner with Plenty! for this cycle of SFP. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, Plenty! will provide food and hands-on instruction on how to provide quick, nutritious meals on a budget. Families will plan, prepare and consume their meals each week on site!

While this is no fee associated with the Strengthening Families Program, pre-registration is required. To sign up, or to learn more, contact Leslie Beasley at 540-250-1814 or via email at lbeasley@nrvcs.org.