Family Engagement Center
When a child is removed from their home, often times, the parents’ only interaction with them is during a scheduled visitation. A key motivator for parents to reunify is to visit their child on a frequent basis in an environment that allows them to interact, play and learn healthy behaviors. HSA believes family time should be facilitated in a place that is kid friendly, positive and provides many different options to engage with one another; inside and outside of the center. Children who are visited frequently by their parents exhibit fewer behavioral problems, show less anxiety and depression and are more likely to be successfully returned home to their parents.
In November 2017, HSA proudly opened its doors to the first Family Engagement Center in the Northern Nevada area. Families working toward reunification now have a place of exploration and healing to call home. The new 6,090 square foot Family Engagement Center offers more expansive indoor and outdoor visitation space, a playground and more parking for staff, birth and foster parents. The center is a multi-use facility with an open, natural environment, featuring various fun activities for children of all ages. The center’s décor has been strategically placed and the walls painted with bright, creative colors known to stimulate reconciliation and create a safe, positive environment for parents and children alike. The center will be a place for families to meet, interact, explore, grow and relax together.