To act as the principal child abuse and neglect prevention agency providing
parent education and support to both parents and children in the greater
The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse was formed through
the dedication and commitment of Alabama members of The Exchange Club, a
National Service Organization whose primary focus is child abuse prevention. The
first clients were able to start receiving services in 1987. At that time, the
Center was located in an office at Eastside Mental Health Center and the only
program offered was the Parent Aide Program, an in-home visitation program.
In May of 1988, the Center merged with the local Parents Anonymous Chapter. The
merger brought about many new and dedicated Board Members, but most importantly,
it led to the establishment of a new
program, Positive Parenting Groups.
In November of 1988, the Center entered into an agreement with the Big Saver
Thrift Store, which allowed the store to solicit donated goods using the
Centerís name. The Center would receive a percentage of the gross sales. The
contract provided much needed income to developing programs.
As a result, the Center began offering a third program in the community, the
In the summer of 1992, the Center relocated to a location on Oxmoor Road in
Homewood. With the new location and visibility, the volunteer base more than
doubled. In the fall of 1993, along with the assistance of a long time grantor,
The Childrenís Trust Fund of Alabama, the Center was able to move from a
completely volunteer Parent Aide Program to one comprised of not only
volunteers, but professional staff members as well.
The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention for Child Abuse of Jefferson County
was incorporated in 1997, and in August 1998, began doing business as The
Exchange Club Family Skills Center.
In July 2002, the center relocated to 3125 Independence Drive, Homewood,