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Who We Are

The Family Effect works to reduce addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children. Did you know that nearly 85% of children in foster care in the Upstate are there because of addiction in the family home? We can do something about it, together.

The Family Effect raises funds and volunteer support for effective, research-based programs at the Phoenix Center that focus on children and families.

What We Do

The Family Effect raises funds and volunteer support for effective, research-based programs at the Phoenix Center that focus on children and families. Specifically, we support three programs:

1. Mothers & Preschool Children at Serenity Place: Serenity Place is at the center of our mission to transform families at risk of collapse due to addiction. This critical program provides comprehensive, residential treatment to about 120 pregnant women, young mothers, and preschool-age children each year.

2. Teens at White Horse Academy: The Academy is a residential treatment center for teen boys. This program provides a holistic environment of healing and education and works to strengthen the family unit.

3. Prevention: The best way to prevent family collapse through addiction is to prevent the addiction from taking hold in the first place. Certified Prevention Specialists are delivering prevention education to more than 20,000 students and adults each year. 

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