To act as the principal child abuse and neglect prevention agency providing both parent education and support to parents and children in the Greater Birmingham area.
The Exchange Club is a National Service Organization whose primary focus is child abuse prevention. The Exchange Club Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse was established as a direct result of the organizations commitment to that cause. The first clients received services in 1987. Initially, the Center was located at Eastside Mental Health Center and the only service that was available to clients was in-home visitation also known as the Parent Aide Program.
1988 proved to be a very positive year for the Center. In May, the Center merged with the local Parents Anonymous Chapter. That merger brought new and devoted Board Members into the organization, but most importantly, it led to the establishment of the Positive Parenting Groups. In November of the same year, the Center entered into an agreement with Big Saver Thrift Stores, which allowed the store to solicit donated goods using the Center’s name and in turn the Center would receive a percentage of the gross sales each year. The contract also provided much needed income for the development of a third program. Soon after the merger with Big Saver Thrift Stores, the Center was able to begin offering the Nurturing Program.
In the fall of 1993, with the assistance of The Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama, a long time grantor, the Center was able to move from a completely voluntary Parent Aide Program to one that was 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. In August of 1998, the Center began doing business as The Exchange Club Family Skills Center.
In August of 2007 the Center moved to its current location, the Historic Horton House at 2300 10th Court South, Birmingham, AL.