Children In Need of Services (CHINS)
"Create relationships with families and the community to support the healthy emotional, physical and educational development of children".
CHINS provides services for over 3600 children a year!! We are by far the largest nonprofit in our area. We provide employment for another 115 people. We touch a lot of lives in providing the following services:
o Children's Counseling: Although we are open to all children within our community, we are the "go to" program for the young children in protective services and foster care who have been abused/neglected. We also are providing more services for children whose parents are in the military dealing with family stress due to deployment and other issues.
o We provide High Quality Childcare for 365 children at three different locations: Children's House, Full House and Full House Too. When parents know their children are well cared for, it allows them to be more productive at work. We also provide training and support though the Child and Adult Food Care Program to over 50 In-Home Childcare Providers caring for another 230 children.
o We provide Pre-K services preparing young children for a successful education.
o We are the local Court Appointed Special Advocate ( CASA) program, providing support to children in foster care.
o We provide Tobacco/Drug Prevention Education to our youth. Drugs are another serious threat to our youth here.
o We are the Fiscal Agent for the Otero County Community Health Council and the Imagination Library.
o Additionally we provide Parent Education and support using the Circle of Security Model.
Nancy J. Hudson