In 1985, ECON (then one of the largest Exchange Clubs in the country) founded The Family Center (TFC) because the organization recognized the need for an organization focused on prevention or early mitigation of child abuse. Over the past 35 years, TFC’s programs have evolved to meet the needs of families across Middle Tennessee based on current evidence and best practices that embrace the science demonstrating childhood trauma is at the root of most negative health and mental health outcomes. All programs are delivered through an ACEs lens (Adverse Childhood & Adverse Community Environments) and include Positive Parenting … Plus! groups (8 weeks), Nurturing Families (1:1 in home sessions – 4 to 16 weeks), and parent seminars ranging from 2 to 4 hours each. Our goal is to help families raise more resilient children, and we include children whenever possible … helping them better understand and learn skills to manage feelings effectively.
Our groups and seminars are held in community partner sites, jails, substance abuse treatment centers and now virtually. Toward our mission of breaking multigenerational cycles of childhood trauma, we also work with systems like courts and jails and with businesses, schools, etc. to learn about and integrate Trauma Informed Cultures. Every individual and family we serve is treated with dignity, respect and an awareness that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Through ECON Charities and ECON’s Light A Spark support (8% to 10% of our annual budget), our families have a kind, creative and compassionate “village elder.” We are forever grateful for ECON and its members.