Leland’s New Parenting Place Opens For Business

LELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Leland Clinic officially opened its new Parenting Place on Thursday, and the event was well attended. The center was made possible by a $200,000 grant from the ACE Awareness Foundation to the Delta Health Alliance which supports the Leland Clinic. Ellen Rolfs Executive Director of the ACE Awareness Foundation in Memphis, “Our signature work are these ‘Universal Parenting Places’. We have five of them in Memphis, but we are so excited to be able to have one in a setting that’s not an urban setting because these issues are everywhere.” She says the goal is to mitigate what they call ‘ACES’ or ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’ “They are often the cause of long-term adult disease, of a lot of our violence and educational issues, and it ultimately affects the economy because people are not able to enter the job market. So we’re trying to mitigate or even stop that reality.” Founding Chair Barbara Holden Nixon added that when you come to the Universal Parenting Place you’ll find it’s not a clinic setting with technicians in white coats. But there are people who are trained to help you with any parenting issues you may have. “At the UPP sites you’re going to find things like yoga, you’re going to find music classes for parents and caregivers and young children, babies even, you’re going to find a place where you can find a group of people sitting around who have children about in your same age group to talk to with a therapist there, helping to guide the conversation. You might have something you really want to talk about in privacy so there will be a licensed person there to help you do that.” And the best part? “It’s free. There’s no charge at all. And that’s the beauty of it.”



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