County Opens New Family Center on Prater Way

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Commissioners Vaughn Hartung, bottom left, and Kitty Jung, middle right, dedicate the new center with County Manager John Slaughter, far right. Image: Washoe County / Chris Ciarlo.
Commissioners Vaughn Hartung, bottom left, and Kitty Jung, middle right, dedicate the new center with County Manager John Slaughter, far right. Image: Washoe County / Chris Ciarlo.

Washoe County’s Human Services Agency (HSA) announced today the opening of the region’s new family engagement center for parents and children.

Located at 905 East Prater Way, the center features a playground, a multi-use facility, and space for a variety of family and children’s activities.

“Studies show a natural, spacious place reduces anxiety and depression. A decrease in behavioral issues and reunification probability increases significantly when parents visit their children more frequently in a supportive, nurturing environment,” said HSA Director Amber Howell. “I want to thank the Washoe County Commission and all of our community partners for recognizing the need and helping HSA provide a safe and secure place our families can use well into the future.”

The facility has visitation rooms, an area for adolescents, baby nurseries, a kitchen, and a dining room. Children can also experience a sensory gym and a playground. HSA has more than 15,000 with foster children each year, and the new facility will help provide needed space for visitations.

 

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