The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse
serving Jackson and West Tennessee - 731-668-4000

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What the Center Does :

The Center combines a professional staff with trained volunteers to provide quality services to children and their families. If you have questions for us about our programs or services, please feel free to contact us. We'll do our best to answer your questions promptly. Our services include:

  • 24-Hour Hotline 1-800-273-4747
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Parent Training and Parenting Groups
  • Forever Parents (Divorce Education Program)
  • Child Advocacy Services
  • Child Victims Program
  • Child Sexual Abuse Victims Group
  • Relative Caregiver Program
  • Therapeutic/Supervised Visitation
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Food and Clothing Assistance
  • Child Abuse Prevention Programs
  • Community Awareness Programs
  • AmeriCorps "One Child at a Time" Program

Our Mission

The mission of the Center is to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee and to help both parents and children meet the practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life.

Who We Serve

Many of the families served by the Center are referred by the Department of Children's Services, community service agencies or the court system.  In these families there are substantiated instances of child abuse or indications of possible danger to a child. In some cases, the child has been removed from the home. However, not everyone who contacts our Center is a child abuser. Families who see potential problems developing, or who just want to be better parents are encouraged to attend the Parent Training classes.

Making A Difference

The good news is that the Center is making a difference. It is now one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the nation. It is often showcased as a model center, having a 95% success rate- in over 20 years of operation, less than 5% of all cases the Center has worked on have ever been reopened for investigation of child abuse.

The Benefits

The Center's services put families back together and literally saves the lives of children. By helping the whole family to make positive changes we are often able to keep families together, or reunite families that have been separated, as well as to improve their quality of life. We are also giving children back their childhood and letting them know that someone cares. We are giving these children the gift of hope for a brighter future - a future without pain.

Serving West Tennessee

The Center provides services to all of rural West Tennessee, with the central office being located in Jackson, Tennessee. There are centers in West Tennessee counties serving 18 locations. Crisis counseling is available to any individual or family in West Tennessee by calling the toll-free, 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-273-4747.


Toll-free, 24-hour crisis hotline: 1-800-273-4747

General Information: 731-668-4000 - email
General Mailing Address: Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse - P. O. Box 447, Jackson, TN 38302

The Carl Perkins Center For The Prevention of Child Abuse is a United Way Agency