STEPS Family Resource Center is dedicated to strengthening families in the River Valley through ​
Safety, Training, Education, Prevention, and Solutions.

​​​​Giving families the resources they need to raise children in non-violent, healthy, positive environments

Our primary initiative has been to lower the number of children in foster care in the River Valley.  In 2012 there were 1,223 children in foster care in the River Valley. Our immediate focus was to establish a safe, family friendly environment for children in foster care to visit with their families. The STEPS Supervised Visitation Center provides supervised visitation services to over 400 children each month. 

The importance of a positive and nurturing environment cannot be underestimated. A positive visitation experience ​​is one that allows parents to practice healthy parenting skills while providing a safe environment for children to learn to trust adults again. Consistent positive and healthy visitations play a key role in the reunification process.

While the primary initiative continues to focus on reducing the number of children in foster care, STEPS has developed and implemented programs designed to meet a variety of needs for individuals to live healthy and productive lives in the River Valley. ​​

Nurturing Parenting
Is a family-centered trauma-informed initiative designed to build nurturing parenting skills as an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices.

Parenting Forever - Co-parenting Class
​​Parents going through a divorce will learn and understand the impact of family transition and will be taught effective skills to ease into a new family dynamic

Healing Steps
A series of classes to help individuals heal from past pain, abuse, and trauma, or for those recovering from drug or alcohol dependency

Anger Management
Understand why you are angry, what triggers the anger, and learn coping strategies to reduce the anger that causes stress
Individuals examine the development and factors effecting self-esteem and learn to recognize unhealthy thought patterns.  

Co-Dependency Support​​​​​​​​ Group
Learn what co-dependency is and the negative impact it can have on your relationships, job, and everyday life

Tax ID 30-0622701
708 Garrison Ave.
Ft. Smith, AR 72901
Office: 479-782-7837
Fax: 479-222-6675​
Other services that STEPS provides

STEPS Family Resource Center
River Valley Community Action Network (RVCAN)

July Meeting Lunch and Learn

Friday, July 8, 2016, 12 pm-1 pm

Fort Smith Chamber 612 Garrison Ave.

A light lunch will be provided!

The guest speaker is Ken Kupchick. Ken joined The River Valley Regional Food Bank in 2010 upon seeing a rising need for food assistance in his community. Since then, Ken has placed stories or has interviewed with CNN, NPR, ABC, NBC, National Geographic, Woman’s Day and People Magazine, Reuters, Associated Press, KUAF Ozarks at Large, Arkansas Democrat, and local media. He has written commentaries for both the Times Record and Talk Business & Politics (formerly The City Wire). He authored a written presentation on Hunger in Arkansas to the National Commission on Hunger and was recognized for his hunger relief efforts on the floor of the Senate by Senator Boozman.

STEPS Family Resource Center will offer information about supervised visitation, parenting classes such as Love and Logic, Nurturing Parenting and Parents Forever which give parents tools to become better parents and maintain good parenting skills. Exciting news about our Career Corner at the Purple Patch, our unique thrift store, will also be forthcoming!

Foster parents will be able to get credit for attending this meeting.
C.E.U.s will be awarded for this training!​
PLEASE NOTE: Seating will be limited, RSVP is required to attend this meeting.
Call 479-782-7837 or email acox@thestepsinc.org