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“I have enjoyed getting to know the parents in my group while educating them on positive discipline,” Allie said.
As a Parent Group Facilitator, Allie works to enhance parenting skills, build social networks, increase knowledge of child development, and make parents aware of valuable community resources. The Family Support Program provides treatment groups and education groups each week for families who have experienced, or are at high risk of experiencing child abuse or neglect.
Aside from her work with SCAN, Allie currently works full time as an Intake Coordinator for Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.
Growing up in Richmond, Allie started her work within the Richmond City Schools and saw firsthand the cycle of trauma. She volunteered at SCAN’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and worked alongside the CAC’s Program Coordinator, Ian Danielsen. “I knew it was a special place,” Allie said. After being introduced to the work of a Parent Facilitator, Allie knew she would enjoy the opportunity to work within the FSP program.
“The work is hard but rewarding,” Allie said. “I want to provide a safe place for the parents in my group to not feel judged and be able to talk openly about their experiences, behavior, and thoughts. I feel privileged that I am able help them make changes in a supportive environment.”