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Youth & Family Services Education and Classes


Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, Inc. offers a variety of education workshops covering topics from parenting to anger management to domestic violence intervention. All of our classes are taught by highly qualified facilitators. Participants are issued a Certificate of Completion at the completion of each education workshop. Class times, locations, and dates may vary and are held based on the number of participants. Pre-registration for classes is required. Please call 757-533-5217 to find out more information and register.

Strengthening Familiesmission

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and regular families.  SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. SFP is a 14 week skills-development model providing a one hour session for parents, a concurrent one hour session for children/youth, followed by a one hour session for families where a meal is shared. Sessions are delivered by trained facilitators and involve an active curriculum of skill-building designed specifically to increase protective factors, such as parent-child communication and empathy, consistent parent monitoring and positive discipline and strategies to improve family organization and cohesion.

Any family that would like to increase their conflict resolution and communication skills is welcome.  The program is free for all families and includes dinner at each class.  CCEVA holds ongoing SFP classes.  Please contact Milcah Wade at to sign up for a class or for more information.

CCEVA’s SFP program is generously funded through a grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS).

24/7 Dad247dad

This is for fathers with children ages 18 or younger. It is designed for custodial and non-custodial fathers. 24/7 Dad is a unique set of programs designed to equip fathers with the self-awareness, compassion, and sense of responsibility that every good parent needs. The primary goal is to provide fathers with a supportive environment where they are able to openly discuss the challenges of fatherhood, gain insight into the importance of their role in the development of their children and empower them to attain skills to promote self-efficacy. This is a five session course. Classes are held on Mondays on the south side. Pre-registration is required. This is a free course. Call 757-533-5217 to register.

Adult Anger Management

Hurt, fear and frustration … these are the emotions that trigger anger. Learn strategies during the four-week program to feel more in control of your anger. The program meets the requirements for Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts and Circuit Courts. This is a four session course. Classes are held on Wednesdays on the south side. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $80/person for the four session class. Call 757-533-5217 to register.

Cooperative Parenting

Cooperative parenting is a four-hour course primarily for parents or guardians who are parenting from separate homes. The emphasis is on cooperating as parents/guardians to benefit children and to minimize the impact of ending a relationship, separation, and divorce. Cooperative Parenting is a Virginia Supreme Court-approved course for compliance with Juvenile & Domestic Relations court orders. The class is designed for parents prior to attending mediation. This is a one session course. Classes are held on Saturdays on the south side. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $40/person for the class. Call 757-533-5217 to register.

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

The Domestic Violence Intervention Program is an education program that provide group discussion for men who have used physical and verbal abuse and threatening behavior against their partner and/or children. An individual assessment/orientation is required prior to starting the group. This program is certified by the Virginia Batterer Intervention Program Certification Board and successful completion of the program satisfies court orders. This is a 19 session course. Classes are held on Tuesdays (south side) and Thursdays (peninsula). Pre-registration is required. The assessment/orientation fee is $35/person. Each group session is $20/session. Call 757-533-5217 to register.


Parenting for Success

Our parenting classes are educationally based and designed to teach more effective positive parenting skills so that you can be your best with your children. Positive parenting – sometimes called positive discipline, gentle guidance, or loving guidance – is simply guidance that keeps our kids on the right path, offered in a positive way that resists any temptation to be punitive. Studies show that is what helps kids learn consideration and responsibility, and makes for happier kids and parents. This is a six week course. Classes are held on Thursdays on the south side. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $30/person or $55/couple for the entire course. Call 757-533-5217 to register.

teenangerTeen Anger Management (Choices)

Anger is a powerful but natural emotion we all feel from time to time. Often, we find teen anger escalating or out of control. Adolescent Anger Management is a six-week program designed for 13 to 18 year olds. The program meets the requirements for Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts. This is an eight week course. Classes are held on Wednesdays on the south side. Pre-registration is required. This is a free course. Call 757-533-5217 to register.

Kinship Care

Raising children today while being a loving parent is difficult in itself. It can be even more difficult if you are a grandparent or other relative raising the children of someone else in your family. Our services are designed to help grandparents and relatives do the best job they can to keep children connected to their families.

Support Groups

We have support groups designed specifically to provide help, advice, and support and to lend a listening ear to family members who are raising their grandchildren or the children of other relatives. Together, we address the unique issues and questions, needs and obstacles of parenting a relative’s child. Our groups provide a place to openly express your feelings, gain a positive focus, receive emotional support, and share information on community resources and social activities. We invite you to join us to explore the joys and challenges of raising the children of relatives.

Currently, we offer support groups at the following locations:

Sherwood Forest Elementary
3035 Sherwood Forest Lane
Norfolk, VA 23508
1st Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Campostella Resource Center
1714 Mt. Vernon Street
Norfolk, VA 23523
3rd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.

James Monroe Elementary
520 W. 29th Street
Norfolk, VA 23508
2nd Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

Little Creek Elementary
7900 Tarpon Place
Norfolk, VA 23523
2nd Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Support Groups are free. Please call us at (757) 533-5217 for more information.