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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER of barry county

Strong Families Support Healthy Child DevelopmentOur non-profit organization has been helping families like yours for three decades. Our name recently changed, but our mission to eliminate and prevent all forms of child abuse and neglect through awareness, advocacy and education remains strong.

We began in 1979 when community leaders from the Barry County judicial system, state family support agencies, state human service agencies and child advocate professionals determined a need to eliminate child abuse in Barry County. Together the Barry County Child Abuse Prevention Council was born.


In the 1980s the Children’s Trust fund of Michigan designated us as the county’s premiere Child Abuse Prevention Council of Barry County.


Since we began our organization has provided services to families, children and Professionals who serve these groups with education, advocacy and awareness.


Today the organization has evolved and strives to reach deep into our community to help families create healthy, nurturing environments for their children. By strengthening parents and supporting child development and safety our community will enjoy strong future.

What we believe in...
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Awareness Acknowledging the issue of child abuse and neglect.
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advocacy Supporting families to make the needed changes.
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EDUCATION Apply what you’ve learned to strengthen and support families. Knowledge is prevention.
Our Board Members

Sheryl Overmire, Wraparound Coordinator, President

Michelle Martin, Barry Community Mental Health & Vice President

 

Sharon Barry, CPA Barry Associates & Co Treasurer

Dave Banister, Assistant Prosecutor's Office

Laura Brandt, Barry Intermediate School District

Carol Jones Dwyer, Attorney

 

Teresa Heide, Hastings Area Schools

Jennifer Eastman, Department of Human Services

 

Jennifer Kalmink, Hastings City Bank

 

Julie Nakfoor-Pratt, Barry County Prosecutor

 

Jeff Pratt, Hastings City Police Chief

 

Jennifer Smith, Barry Eaton District Health Department

 

Gina McMahon, YMCA Program Director & Private Counselor & Secretary

 

Marci McCoy, YMCA Y-Time Director

 

Karen Jousma, Executive Director

Mary Chapman, Parent Educator & Kinship Support

 

Amanda Hoeksma, Program Assistant

 

FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER Bi-MONTHLY BOARD MEETINGS

All meetings begin at 11:45 am, lunch is provided.  Meetings are held in the conference room in the lower level of the Barry Community Enrichment Center

JANUARY 26, 2017

MARCH 23, 2017

MAY 25, 2017

JULY 27, 2017

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

NOVEMBER 26,2017

 

 

 

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