Alabama Family Central

Alabama’s one-stop resource for healthy children and strong families.  As a single platform for families to access services and programs, its purpose is to help families easily navigate and find links to supports they need.


Community Programs

Alabama Family Central

Alabama’s one-stop resource for healthy children and strong families.  As a single platform for families to access services and programs, its purpose is to help families easily navigate and find links to supports they need.



Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.



Childcare Resources   

Childcare Resources is a Birmingham, Alabama based non-profit organization whose mission is to make quality care and education of children happen by providing information, education, and assistance to families, providers of childcare, and the community.



Children’s Aid Society

Children's Aid Society has provided services to families in need or at risk. It has helped parents with the skills and resources they need to keep families together. When children could not remain with their own families, other homes have been provided through foster care or adoption.



The Dance Foundation

The Dance Foundation is a non-profit program that has been engaging the community through dance since 1975.  The Dance Foundation’s unique approach to teaching inspires imaginative learning in young dancers and cultivates technique and artistry as they mature.  Programs are student-centered and cultivate a sense of community and belonging. As in our beginning days, live music is an essential element to the experience for our classes with young children and those with disabilities.



Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center

The Exchange Club CAP provides support and education services to both children and parents., offering 7 diverse programs designed to educate, motivate, inspire, and empower participants to strengthen families and break the cycle of child abuse and neglect.  The Parent Aide Program continues to serve both parents and children through free in-home education and support.  The First Teacher Home Visitation Program is a free parent education and family support program utilizing the Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum. Positive Parenting Groups are free on-going educational support groups.  The groups meet five days a week at various locations around the city. Groups are open to all parents/caregivers of children 0-17, or expecting parents wanting to learn more about parenting and a positive way of discipline in order to build healthy relationships with their children.   




Family Guidance Center

Family Guidance Center provides a full range of services includes counseling, parenting education, marriage enrichment, mentoring, services for business and industry, childcare support services, senior services, adult day care, career development, job training and other therapeutic services for families.  



Girls Inc. 

Our research-based programming, serving serves girls ages 6-18, is delivered by trained professionals who focus on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls in an affirming, pro-girl environment. Here, girls learn to value their whole selves, discover and develop their inherent strengths, and receive the support they need to navigate the challenges they face.



Grace Klein Community

Grace Klein Community builds authentic and meaningful relationships through meeting tangible needs. Food support is a primary way that we serve our community, providing free food to families, equipping anyone to love their neighbor by sharing a box of food or cooking a meal from the food we give, to taking a tray of goodies to local service workers to bring encouragement and love to others. We use food to build community and share the love of Jesus.



Help Me Grow (0-8 Years)

This program promotes healthy development for every child in Alabama. They address the need for early identification of developmental and/or behavioral concerns.  They link children and their families to community-based developmental and behavioral services and support.     




NorthStar Soccer Ministries

Our mission is to invest in the lives of urban youth in Birmingham by providing a high quality Soccer Club within a holistic, Christian environment. We exist to provide youth with the knowledge, skills and confidence to set a positive direction in life.  Many of the kids we work with would not have the opportunity to play soccer otherwise and their opportunities to participate in any sports program (especially one taking them to competition around the region) would be limited. Even more significant is the opportunity for life impact through mentoring, skill building that leads to increased self-confidence, and social skills through the team experience.



Parenting Assistance Line 

The Parenting Assistance Line (PAL) provides parents, grandparents, relatives and caregivers across the state the kind of support they need to become more confident and successful parents, recognizing that sometimes parenting can be tough!  We are a free, confidential resource for parents like you. Whether you need resources to deal with a problem child or just a reassuring voice, PAL can make a big difference. When others don’t listen, we do.


Serving You

Our mission is to assist our neighbor during difficult circumstances.  Providing hope to families in the greater Birmingham area by providing sustainable solutions to challenges they face. We assist in education, childcare, job readiness, safe and affordable housing, health and nutrition, and crisis relief through our hub partnerships.



United Way of Central Alabama

United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center has an easy to remember telephone number that connects people with important community services. Call 2-1-1 (or 1-888-421-1266) for free and confidential information and referral. You can get help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, and more.




Birmingham Public Libraries

Offers various services in multiple location for the entire family.


Birmingham Talks

Birmingham Talks is a free citywide program that works with babies from birth-4 years old to help build lifetime literacy.  We offer a 10-week program that will teach parents and caregivers about the important role they play in their child's development and how to build their babies' brains through daily talk and interaction. The classes are FREE, and participating families will receive books, toys, and gift cards. 


Literacy Council of Central Alabama

The Literacy Council’s mission is to improve the lives of adults and their families through literacy education that teaches people to read, write, and speak English.  Our services include:

  • GED in partnership with Jefferson State Community College
  • Family Literacy
  • Adult Basic Literacy
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Workplace Literacy



M-Power Ministries

The M-POWER Ministries Education Center we bridge the gap between functional illiteracy and literacy, as well as offer quality GED preparation classes and Ready to Work training. We use an individualized approach to education, ensuring each student receives what he or she personally needs to be successful.   205-595-5959



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Tutoring Programs

Better Basics

Better Basics provides literacy intervention and enrichment programs for students in Birmingham and Fairfield City Schools, and Talladega County Schools. Our programs empower our community’s youth, helping children learn to read, comprehend, retain, and ultimately learn. This increases our students’ confidence levels, infusing literature into children’s homes and exposing them to multi-cultural arts and enrichment programs.




STAIR pairs 1st and 2nd grade students with trained volunteers to provide one-on-one reading tutoring twice a week after school. STAIR is an after school tutoring program that partners with students on their journey to reading better and dreaming bigger.  STAIR meets two days a week after school, September through April.  STAIR is offered at no cost to participating families.

Counseling Services


The Amelia Center

The Amelia Center provides professional counseling for children (age 5 and above) and teens grieving the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling, close relative, or friend. We provide a safe place where they can find hope and creatively express feelings through art and play.  Counseling is also provided for parents grieving the death of a child of any age, ranging from pregnancy loss through adulthood. Support groups for children, teens, and parents are available as well.



Change Possible Consulting, LLC

At Change Possible Consulting, we believe that change is possible for the entire family unit. The question is… How bad do you want it? Are you ready to break the negative generational cycles and begin to establish positive living legacies? If so, let Change Possible Consulting, LLC be your launching pad into a brighter future! Ruby Felton, your Life Development Consultant, Pastoral Counselor, and Wedding Officiant, has dedicated her ministry and professional career to making a positive impact on the children and families within our community.



Collat Jewish Family Services

CJFS has a special focus on supporting independence and enriched quality of life for older adults, while continuing to provide professional counseling and social services for individuals and families of all ages. In keeping with Jewish values, CJFS serves people of all races, religions, and socio-economic levels, providing comprehensive assessments, care management, transportation, financial assistance, mental health services, in-home personal care, respite care, and supplemental volunteer support. As the aging population continues its rapid growth, CJFS will continue to adapt to the changing needs of this vulnerable cohort.



Gateway Family Counseling

Gateway offers In Home Family Counseling. Through an evidence-based curriculum, Gateway therapists provide mental health therapy to struggling families in their homes.  Our therapists also teach families essential life skills and parenting techniques to reach their full potential.  The result is transformational, giving parents the tools they need to help their children and families succeed in emotionally and financially stable households.



Impact Family Counseling

The agency provides outpatient counseling and a variety of other services such as mentoring, relationship education, family strengthening and anger management to all people, regardless of religion, sex, race, ethnicity, age, or disability.



Oasis Women & Children’s Counseling

Oasis Counseling for Women and Children fills a critical gap in mental health care services to women, children, and families living at or below the poverty level.

We offer services on a sliding-fee scale based on household income and number of dependents

and we are committed to providing services within 10 business days of a request for an appointment.  We provide access to quality services in a nurturing environment.



Health and Safety


 American Red Cross

The Alabama-Mississippi Region provides the following services:  

  • Disaster Services: When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is ready to provide a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing, emotional support and hope to those affected.
  • Services to the Armed Forces: We relay urgent messages between U.S. service
  • Preparedness: We provide free disaster preparedness education classes and information to our local communities.
  • Health and Safety Services: We offer training in first aid, CPR/AED, swimming and water safety, care giving and more.



Birmingham Dental Society

Offers quality dental care at various locations around Birmingham.



Children’s of Alabama

We strive to provide our community and beyond with a broad array of choices in health care services.



Children’s Harbor

We provide children with serious illnesses and their families a place to be themselves – to have fun and relax- while also receiving no-cost services that make life a bit easier for the whole family.



Christ Health Center

We are committed to the physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being of our patients. Our patients have access to the very best in primary care, dental services, and professional counseling, as well as medication therapy management through our on-site pharmacy. We accept most types of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, and offer a generous sliding scale fee-for-service option to our self-pay patients.


Crisis Center

Our mission is to serve the unmet needs of people experiencing personal crisis or mental health issues and respond with services that promote coping, emotional health and well-being. If you are experiencing an emergency or have an immediate need, please call our 24-hour hotline at (205) 323-7777 or 1 (800) 273-8255.


Jefferson County Department of Health

Our mission is to: 

Prevent disease and assure access to quality healthcare

Promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy environment

Protect against public health threats



Kid One Transport

Kid One Transport is a nonprofit organization that provides transportation to medical, dental, and mental health care services for children and expectant mothers who are transportation disadvantaged. Funding for our service is provided by caring and concerned individuals, foundations, corporations, local governments, and other organizations with an interest in improving the health and wellness of Alabama’s children. We currently serve over half the state by providing access to care in North, Central, and East Alabama.



M-Power Ministries

The M-POWER Ministries Health Center provides FREE primary care services to adult patients without access to health insurance, helping to alleviate chronic illnesses. By receiving treatment to combat chronic diseases, people are better able to fight off illness and ensure their ability to be at work every day.



Noah’s Ark Treatment Center

Noah’s Ark Treatment Center is a mental/behavioral health agency that renders comprehensive services to children and adults. Our mission is to help children and adults with the presence of a psychiatric diagnosis “Build responsible and effective relationships between families and communities one day at a time”.



Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership empowers first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies. Nurse-Family Partnership works by having specially trained nurses regularly visit young, first-time moms-to-be, starting early in the pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday. The expectant moms benefit by getting the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy. At the same time, new mothers develop a close relationship with a nurse who becomes a trusted resource they can rely on for advice on everything from safely caring for their child to taking steps to provide a stable, secure future for them both. Through the partnership, the nurse provides new moms with the confidence and the tools they need not only to assure a healthy start for their babies, but to envision a life of stability and opportunities for success for both mom and child.



Psychiatric Intake Response Center (0-21 years)

The Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC), located in the Emergency Department at Children’s of Alabama, is a confidential psychiatric response center designed to assist patients, their loved ones and/or caregivers, and community providers in finding the appropriate level of mental health care. These services are provided via telephone or in person by licensed mental health clinicians trained to assess a child or teen’s mental, emotional, and behavioral needs and recommend the best treatment options.



Smiles For Keeps

Our mission at Smiles for Keeps is to provide the best possible dental care and treatment to our patients in a safe, fun, and friendly environment. We recognize that going to the dentist can be a scary experience for many children.  Therefore, we accept each child exactly where he/she is in developing confidence and trust in our dental team.


Special Needs Services

Bell Center

The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs provides quality early intervention services in a center-based program in Birmingham. Children come from throughout central Alabama with a wide variety of special needs and diagnoses ranging from cerebral palsy and Down syndrome to autism and rare genetic disorders from birth to three years of age.


Child’s Play Therapy Center 

The mission of Child’s Play Therapy Center is to provide the highest quality therapy services in an environment that is compassionate, respectful, and supportive to our clients and their families, enabling each child to reach his/her full potential. Our services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and special programming.



Mitchell’s Place

Mitchell’s Place specializes in improving the lives of children affected by autism and other developmental disabilities.  We use quality diagnostic, educational and therapeutic services provided by highly skilled therapy teams to unlock each child’s potential.


United Ability

United Ability provides innovative services connecting people with disabilities to their communities and empowering individuals to live full and meaningful lives.  United Ability has several programs and departments to assist both children and adults with disabilities.


Financial Literacy


Gateway Financial Freedom

Our program is an effective and affordable counseling service for individuals and families. We provide the following:

Financial Counseling

Housing Counseling

Credit Counseling

Whether you are in financial crisis or have simple questions, talking to one of our counselors can help.



Impact America- Save First

Impact America provides free tax preparation services for households earning up to $60,000. Services are provided by IRS-certified Volunteer Tax Preparers from local colleges in the cities where our tax sites are located. Every tax season, America’s hardest-working families rely on their tax refund to support their children by helping pay down debts and put food on the table. Unfortunately, they face exorbitant, negligent, and sometimes fraudulent prepares that cost our communities millions in fees. SaveFirst provides free tax preparation services and meaningful opportunities for savings.


Workforce Development


Construction Education Foundation of Alabama

CEFA, The Construction Education Foundation of Alabama, is the training organization that is dedicated solely to construction trade training. CEFA combines the field experience of its instructors with the nationally recognized NCCER (National Center for Construction and Education Research) curriculum to help prepare students for a career in their chosen trade.



Dannon Project

The Dannon Project is focused on creating sustainable programs that positively shape individuals and communities. All programs and services are provided free of charge to qualifying youth and adult participants. Participants are empowered to enter a diverse job market through education and training. Dannon Project programs are designed to support participants at their point of entry. Participants also have access to additional services such as childcare, healthcare, and housing through our network of affiliate partners. Our goal is to achieve economic stability through living wage employment for participants and their families.



Hope Inspired Ministries

Hope Inspired Ministries serves those who are chronically unemployed by preparing and equipping them to obtain, maintain, and excel at employment.  Instead of bringing a traditional band aid approach by helping people survive in poverty, HIM’s approach is radically different. HIM trains people, through a system of structure and accountability combined with empathy and compassion, how to escape the hopelessness and despair found in a lifetime of poverty.



Magic City Woodworks

We are on a mission to help unemployed young men bust down one of the biggest employment barriers there are: looking at work as a mundane task. Work is an opportunity. Work is an equalizer. Work is a training ground for our hearts. It's time to reclaim the workweek for good. We are teaching what it looks like to have a get to attitude, rather than a have to attitude.




Workshops Empowerment Inc.

WE Inc. has assisted people with disabilities to live full lives by becoming employed. We believe that everyone, regardless of ability, has something positive to contribute to our community. We love to bring out that passion and to develop each person's abilities.  Our program offers an array of vocational rehabilitation services that are geared toward helping people with disabilities become employed.






Alabama Medicaid



Poison Control



Crisis Center

  • Crisis Line: (205) 323-7777
  • Rape Response Line: (205) 323-7273
  • Teen Link: (205) 328-5465
  • Kid’s Help Line: (205) 328-5437
  • Senior Talk Line: (205) 328-8255


Online Resources




i-3 Academy (Charter School K-6)


Birmingham City Schools (Public K-12)


Cornerstone Schools (Private K-12)


Crestwood Day School (Private K-6)


Epic (Public K-5)


Highlands Day School (Private K-8)


Jefferson County Schools (Public K-12)


Legacy Prep (Charter School K-4)


McElwain Christian Academy (Private K-4)


Restoration Academy (Private K-12)


Summer Camps


SAIL (Summer Adventures In Learning)

SAIL programs nurture the whole child: our students grow in mind, body and spirit. Programs start with a foundation of rigorous instruction (in reading, literacy, and math) and build from there.  SAIL programs incorporate best practices from summer camp and school, so students learn as they have fun. They come to understand that learning is fun!

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