Our Mission and Vision
NRV CARES is an organization in the New River Valley that provides child advocacy, resources, education and services. Our program areas include CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Parenting Young Children Courses (using the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting, or STEP, curriculum) and Community Education programs ("Hugs and Kisses" plays, the Blue Ribbon/Pinwheels for Prevention campaign to increase awareness of child abuse/neglect, the "Long Lunch" annual mini-conference, Parenting Workshops, events for the community concerning child welfare issues, and many more).
NRV CARES’ vision is to reduce child abuse and neglect in the New River Valley. We strive for the best ways to educate, inform and advocate for the children and families of our region.
NRV CARES' programs support its mission to protect children from abuse and to strengthen families through education, advocacy and community partnerships. The future of the New River Valley, our Commonwealth, and our country depends on today’s children and their health and well-being. We know that a child’s successful development does not just refer to his/her intellectual development but also includes emotional health coupled with a stable, loving living situation. In today’s complex world, families experience many difficulties: unemployment, divorce, the stress of everyday life. However, children have a right to be free of chronic stress, a steady dose of which can affect a child’s ability to reach his/her full potential. The Department of Health and Human Services suggests that communities view their approach to prevention from three different angles: primary prevention stops abuse before its occurrence; secondary prevention targets those at risk of abuse; and tertiary prevention reduces the long term effects of maltreatment through services to those who have experienced abuse. NRV CARES has programs that address each of these target areas.
CASA of the New River Valley