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Center tries to strengthen parent-child bond

July 10, 1997

Photo by RIC DUGAN

Staff Photographer

Washington County Family Center was created to assist and strengthen young families in Washington County.

Wendy Weiner, director since its founding in November 1995, described Washington County Family Center as multiservice. The community-based drop-in center provides positive support, adult education, child-development services, parent education and transportation to help young parents become self-sufficient.

It is one of 25 family support centers in Maryland coordinated by the nonprofit Friends of the Family Inc., which is supported with public and private funds.

Many of the center's programs are geared toward teen parents, Weiner said. The center is working to prevent crisis, seeking to begin strengthening the parent-child bond even before an infant is born.

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The voluntary programs, which serve about 150 families during the course of a year, build on people's strengths. Participants are involved in planning the center's programs and activities.

"It's their program as much as ours," Weiner said. Washington County Family Center, at Suite 100, 920 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and some evenings for programs and activities.

For information, call 301-790-4002.

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