Linking Calhoun County's youth to a brighter future!

Our Programs

How we are helping families in Calhoun County

The Success Academy

An educational and therapeutic safety net to prevent juvenile offenders from being committed to the Department of Youth Services. This program includes academic remediation, school credit recovery and therapeutic remediation. Individual and group counseling services are provided to all youth attending the Success Academy.

LINC ID

A celebration of youth leadership. This is an incentives program for youth who lead a drug-free and violence-free lifestyle. Participants who pledge to be drug and alcohol free receive support and benefits from the community.

Early Childhood STEP

The Early Childhood STEP program provides a framework for understanding young children’s ever changing needs, capabilities, development, and behavior. Family Links trainers help parents with understanding young children and understanding young children’s behavior, building self-esteem in the early years, communicating with young children, effective discipline, nurturing emotional and social development.

Empowering parents

Empowering Parents: The Total Transformation is a parent’s program designed for managing challenging behaviors in children. The Total Transformation offers step-by-step practical solutions to give you peace of mind and stop bad behavior for good. Struggling with a child’s behavior difficulties can feel isolating, frustrating and embarrassing for parents. This program will help you with the knowledge you need to transform your child’s behavior. The program is designed to help parents become more effective at teaching their children the problem-solving skills they need in order to make progress in life. In addition to classes, Family Links also offers 24 hour on call support, drug testing and counseling.

WhyTry

The WhyTry Program is a strength-based approach to helping youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in the areas of truancy, behavior, and academics. It is based on sound, empirical principles, including Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Social and Emotional Intelligence, and multi-sensory learning. The mission is to help people achieve opportunity, freedom, and self-respect using education and interventions that motivate and create positive change. We offer hope and an answer to the question “Why Try in life?”

After School Court Programs

A variety of prevention programs aimed to address and tackle issues that will decrease and eliminate delinquent and/or problem behavior in youth. Programs such as Shoplifting Prevention, Anger Management, Teen Parenting, Mentoring, etc. (Calhoun County court referred or self- referral)

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00-4:30

About us

Serving Calhoun County Since 1999
Family Links is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supported by generous donations

Family Links, Inc. is a non-profit agency dedicated to making the lives of area families better, and Calhoun County a safer place to live, work and play.

We offer various services to families with children ages birth to 19 including counseling, parenting strategies, drug prevention and intervention, and kindergarten readiness, as well as community education on topics such as internet safety and parental involvement.

We provide a continuum of support services for children and parents.

  • Parenting Resources

    Providing and coordinating resources for children from birth to age 5 to maximize their long term success

  • Building Strong Families

    Providing programs and training to improve relationships between youth and their families

  • Youth Services

    Providing services to youth to encourage and foster positive life choices

  • Community Involvement

    Working with local businesses to provide incentive programs to encourage positive choices

Our team

Working together to serve Calhoun County's Families
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Cotina Houston Stroud, MS, LPC

Executive Director
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Joan Young

Bookkeeper
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Meshika Byers

Administrative Assistant
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Rodney Tillison

Lead / Social Studies Teacher
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Jane Lipham

Science Teacher
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Carolyn Langley

Math Teacher
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Jo Burns

English Teacher
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Melanie Hollingsworth, MSW

Child/Family Counselor
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Tommy Harrison

WhyTry Facilitator
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Lori Ellis

LINC ID Coordinator

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