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What happens by age 5 lasts a lifetime

by Rebecca Nagaishi In the past, children were considered ready for kindergarten if they could say the ABC’s, count, identify colors, and write their first name. New brain research is helping us understand that there is much more to readiness than the academics. Readiness also means developing a group of skills referred to as executive [...]

Happy 139th Birthday, Miss Annie!

Family Services is founded on the actions of one compassionate woman, Miss Annie Wiley Grogan (May 16, 1878–October 6, 1957). Founder’s 139th birthday brings to mind origins of Family Services “Miss Annie” worked as a telephone operator at the turn of the twentieth century in Winston, North Carolina. As she managed her switchboard, Miss Annie was [...]

Family Services rallies nine groups to launch the Family Violence Prevention Initiative

BY TEVIN STINSON |  Photo by Daryl Shaw  |  Event Photo Gallery THE WINSTON-SALEM CHRONICLE  Family Services isn’t pulling any punches in the fight against domestic violence here in Forsyth County. Holding fast to their mission to help families and children reach their full potential through community partnerships, last October, Family Services rallied nine local organizations [...]

Time to do more as domestic, child violence declines

By Bob Feikema As published in The Winston-Salem Journal, Monday, December 19, 2016 Imagine opening your morning paper to these headlines: Intimate partner violence is down by 63%!   Child abuse and neglect rates have dropped by 40%!  Sexual abuse of children has declined by 62%!  You wouldn’t be dreaming. These are the facts.  You can look them [...]

We must invest in young children to thrive

Opinion by Robert J. Feikema, President and CEO, Family Services As published in the Winston-Salem Journal, November 2, 2016 The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is one of the finest examples of industrial site repurposing in the country. Twenty-five years in the making, it began as a response to an economy reeling from a devastating series [...]

Strengthening relationships between fathers and children

Event Photo Gallery Every father wants to be a good parent and role model for his children. On May 11, 2016, just prior to the start of the summer break, 53 families attended an evening event dedicated to enriching relationships between children and their fathers or father figures. Family Servcies Child Development offered the Father/Father [...]

BB&T invests in children and families in Forsyth County

BB&T 2016 Lighthouse Project Photo Gallery Family Services, Forsyth County’s agency for helping the most vulnerable children and families improve their situations, received a generous boost from the BB&T Corporation, which selected the agency as a recipient of its 2016 Lighthouse Project. "We are very grateful to BB&T and to their employees for donating a generous amount [...]

Big goals, big hurdles face Winston-Salem’s future

The Winston-Salem Journal article, "Big goals, big hurdles face Winston-Salem's future," about the economic decline of Winston-Salem over the past 15 years offers evidence why our community must invest in early childhood education now. Developing a system for universal pre-K is a long-term strategy for addressing the growing problem of poverty in Forsyth County. Family Services' [...]

$50K Matching Gift Challenge gives boost to Family Services campaign

Family Services has received a Matching Gift Challenge that has ignited momentum toward the completion of the 110-year-old agency’s first annual fund campaign and its ability to expand services in the community. A Winston-Salem couple, who wish to remain anonymous, will match – dollar for dollar – all unrestricted gifts to Family Services, between March [...]

Cone Health Employee Pays-it-Forward through Family Services

Joy Johnson turned an ordinary day into something special at Family Services’ Gateway offices. She delivered five boxes of brand new sheets and towels, soft toys, and other items that will benefit women and children who seek shelter from domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. And, she delivered something else: a message about the power [...]