Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc

Michael B. Christensen Community & Family Support Center (CFSC)

An Exchange Parent Aide ProgramExchange Parent Aide Program

The Michael B. Christensen Community and Family Support Center teaches parents skills and information to raise a stable family.  The center seeks to reduce child abuse and neglect by helping families develop the necessary social supports and coping skills that may be lacking.

The Community and Family Support Center is AAA-ranked by the National Exchange Club’s Child Abuse Prevention Services. It is one of 67 programs in a nationwide network of Exchange Parent Aides, who are trained to assist parents under stress and whose children are at risk of abuse or neglect.  

Our Goals

  • Increasing parental and child resiliency
  • Helping develop a network and concrete support system available when needed
  • Developing of effective parenting skills 
  • Helping parents understand child development
  • Developing social and emotional competency in all family members
  • Increasing effective decision-making skills

Our ServicesServing children and parents

  • Strength-based family education
  • Financial literacy
  • Parent education classes
  • Parent Aide Program
  • Supervised visitation center
  • Healthy relationships
  • Home visits
  • Referral to other GLCAC programs and other resources

Program Funders

The Michael B. Christensen Community and Family Support Center is proud to partner with the Exchange Clubs of the Merrimack Valley and across Massachusetts, as well as the National Exchange Club.

In addition, this program receives funding from the Mass. Dept. of Children & Family Services

Exchange Club SupportersHaverhill Exchange Club Donations

The Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport

The Exchange Club of Haverhill

The Exchange Club of Lawrence and the Andovers

The Exchange Club of Needham

The Exchange Club of Salem, N.H.


Contact CSFC

305 Essex St. 2nd Floor
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: (978)  681-4900 Fax: (978) 681-4948
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM M-F