Mrs. S. first came to the Suffolk Children’s Center extremely distraught. She had a 4 month old son, was in a domestic violence situation and was forced to flee her home with only a few belongings. Mrs. S. relocated to a relative’s home and was scared for her life and also her son’s. She was at the court to obtain an Order of Protection against her husband and wasn’t sure how to go about it. The staff of our center helped her step by step through the Probation Department, FOCUS, Family Court and finally District Court.
Fortunately she came in just before the holidays. An extra event held in the center thanks to the generosity of the Judges and court personnel is the Adopt-A-Family Program which she was picked for. Our staff purchased the necessities including bottles, formula, diapers clothing, bedding, a portable crib and toys for her young son who was sleeping in a bed with her at the relative’s home. We also directed her to get entitlements for her child including WIC and Child Health Plus. The staff was elated we were able to help this mother through desperate times and brighten her Christmas, just a little bit.
EAC Network’s Suffolk Children’s Center at Cohalan Court offers an alternative to crowded courtrooms and waiting areas and enables parents with young children to attend to their court business. The Children’s Center is a safe, secure and nurturing environment for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age. All are cared for by trained, professional childcare providers and volunteers. While at the center the children are engaged in supervised free play, arts and crafts, age appropriate computer games, access to a library of children’s books and also receive healthy snacks. Our staff promotes Literacy by giving a new book to each child that attends the center and encourages the parents to read to their children. Community Referrals are also provided to parents and staff assists them in getting any type of services they might need for their children.
Download our brochure: Children’s Center at Cohalan Court brochure