What is Brightpaths?

Parenting is hard! (And it’s always been hard.) We work to make parenting a less stressful ordeal for all of us: parents, kids, everyone. We offer parenting classes and resources on communication, healthy discipline, and a lot more to help parents and their kids feel closer and build healthier, stronger, and overall better relationships.

Brightpaths (formerly known as Prevent Child Abuse Athens) is a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to prevent all forms of child abuse and neglect in Athens and the surrounding area. We serve families in Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton counties.

Brightpaths has served the Athens area since 1986, beginning as an all-volunteer group emphasizing parenting classes and community education. In 1992 two part-time staff were hired — a Director and a First Steps Coordinator. The Healthy Families program began in 1995. Today, the organization includes a 15-member Board of Directors, 20 paid staff members, and many trained volunteers. Brightpaths serves over 5,000 individuals each year.

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