The purpose of The Ark is to support families through tough times. We are not here to judge. We are here to help … kids, parents, grandparents. Our goal is to preserve the family. How do we do that?
Families who have been fractured due to trauma and hardship need a safe family visitation environment. The Ark Family Preservation Center provides that safe, healthy, and nurturing environment so that children and their parents/family can share time together without the stressful conflicts or dangers that may have been part of their past.
We also realize that many parents who have lost custody of their children want to become good parents but may not know how to be. Parenting is tough! Kids don’t come with instruction booklets.
So, the Ark staff provides training for parenting skills, anger management, and other skills that are needed for them to become more effective parents. We provide practical training and education to parents and use therapeutic interventions to heal, equip, and empower families who have been broken.
Established in January, 2014, the Ark has been providing services to children in foster care and those who have been court-ordered for supervised visitation in northeast Georgia. That’s what we do. And the results have been excellent. More than half of our clients regain custody of their children within a year. For other families, the children may be adopted into stable, nurturing families. Either way, children are the benefactors. Our goal is for children to live in families that are not at war, but in one where peace reigns.
Beverly J. Oxley, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director