Over 5,000 children experienced abuse or neglect in 2018; a statistic that crosses all socioeconomic and educational levels, religions, ethnic and cultural groups. When adverse childhood experiences such as abuse and neglect are not addressed, lifelong medical, mental and social suffering can occur. Through our behavioral health and family services, LFCS nurtures and supports children and families who are at risk. Our services offer real solutions that lead to safety, permanency and well-being for those we serve.
In 1995, LFCS opened an office in Columbia, Missouri in response to an increasing demand for pregnancy counseling and adoption services in the region. Since then, services have expanded to meet the needs of the community. LFCS services are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender, or age. Over 80% of the clients served are not of the Lutheran faith.
Programs unique to the Mid-Missouri region include:
The Nurturing Network
Are you pregnant and worried about how you are going to manage? Are you already a parent? Could you use help to become the best parent you can be? Parents who are struggling and have one or more children under the age of five may be eligible for this program. Contact us to learn more.
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