CASA of the New River Valley
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the New River Valley, a program of NRV CARES, trains volunteers to advocate for children in court.

Parent Education
NRV CARES offers a variety of opportunities that help families learn to care for one another.

Community Education
NRV CARES engages in many community initiatives that work to prevent child abuse and neglect before it occurs.

Parent Education

Parenting Young Children

Parenting Young Children utilizes the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) curriculum for parents/caregivers of children ages birth through six yearsold. An eight week course, STEP teaches:   

  • parents/caregivers about different parenting styles and which will be most effective in influencing our children in a positive direction
  • how to discipline with both firmness and kindness
  • how to communicate effectively with children (and others)
  • how to gain cooperation from our children
  • ways to build our children’s and our own self-esteem through the process of encouragement
  • much more!     

NRV CARES provides on-site childcare, dinner for the family, and all class materials free of charge

Registration is required. Please call Keli Lichty, Education Program Director, at 540-381-8310.


Circle of Parents®  

Circle of Parents®  is a parent-led and professionally facilitated parent support group program that gives parents the opportunity to share in each other’s challenges and successes while developing a network of support. Participants learn how to advocate for their children and how to parent in a positive way.  Circle of Parents® groups meet weekly, are free of charge, and foster an open exchange of ideas, support, information and resources. 

The Circle of Parents® model includes a structured children’s program which emphasizes the importance of working with the family as a “whole” and reinforcing family support principles.  Children’s programs provide a safe and supportive environment for children while their parents are participating in their group meetings.  Children are given the opportunity to develop self-esteem, social skills, learn safe and healthy ways to handle feelings, as well as problem-solving and conflict resolution techniques. Children’s groups also help children and parents establish trust and positive interactions with each other.

Circle of Parents® is for parents/caregivers of children of any age (birth - 18), provides dinner and childcare for the family, and is free of charge!  Please call 540-381-8310 for more information.


Parenting Through Separation and Divorce

The Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class helps separating or divorcing parents who have children under the age of nineteen support a child’s emotional well being during or after a transition from one home to two homes.

The course is four hours in length and costs $50, payable in advance.

Registration is required. For more information, please call 540-381-8310.