Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc

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

Great Parents, Safe Families

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.

Nationally Recognized

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 Services

  • 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

A Mother’s Story

“I’ve learned more about myself, my children and the parent I want to be than I would have ever imagined …

“I learned how to positively and clearly communicate with my children, how to deal with everyday kid stuff as everyday kid stuff, and I found I was able to admit to myself that, no, I’m not a bad mother, but a human who made mistakes…

“I can be a good mom, a better mom, and I have the confidence and willingness to do so.”

-              CFSC Client

Program Funders

The Michael B. Christensen Community and Family Support Center is proud to partner with the Exchange Clubs of the Merrimack Valley and receives additional funding from the following:

-  Mass. Dept. of Children & Family Services

- Mass. Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education

- U.S. Dept. of Education

Contact CSFC

305 Essex St. 2nd Floor
Lawrence, MA 01840
Phone: (978) 681-4985, Fax: (978) 620-4698
Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM M-F