Parenting is a challenging job which becomes increasingly difficult when a family is facing hardship. Every parent needs support from their village (i.e. family, friends, etc.); when they don’t have one it is up to us as a community to be theirs. As a trusted resource for families, the Appalachian Children’s Refuge Foundation, Inc. focuses on the prevention of child abuse and neglect by offering free, voluntary services for parents who face barriers such as unemployment, homelessness, medical or mental health concerns, poverty, domestic violence, or any other difficult situations. We help strengthen families by connecting them to resources, providing childcare, and setting goals that promote self-sufficiency and support the family relationship. We invite parents to come as they are, courageously share their stories, and form a partnership with us to reach their goals.
We meet parents at their time of crisis and relieve the burden of providing care for their children by offering free emergency childcare for children (newborn to age twelve) for up to 72 hours.
We provide parents some “downtime” with free R&R childcare for children (newborn to age twelve) for up to 6 hours per week.
Education and connection to community resources.
Support for children aging out of the foster care system.
24-hour crisis helpline.
This mission is a work in progress and will not be able to begin without you.