Welcome To Center For Families!
We believe that every child deserves to be safe and loved.
Being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs in the world.
We’d like to become your resource for parenting information and support. We are here to help parents be the best possible parent they can be. We offer programs that enhance parenting skills, promote understanding of child development, and promote child safety. We provide information to help parents better meet the needs of their children. We use the best practices in the field of child abuse/neglect prevention and intervention. Within the wall of Centers for Families, a family can access: The Fun Zone Play & Learn, CORE, Neighborhood Parent Aide, Parent’s Place, Parents and Children Together, the Respite Center, Welcome Baby, and more.
Through these programs, we enhanced the lives of over 4,000 families last year alone. Many of our programs are time-tested, successfully helping families for over 25 years.
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Mike Kenitz named Executive Director
"The Center for Families Board of Directors is proud to announce that Mike Kenitz has been appointed as the executive director, effective January 1, 2013. We are very excited to have such a proven, passionate and well rounded leader take on this responsibility and have full confidence that Mike will be an ideal fit to guide Center for Families into the future. We also thank Mike Kenitz, Meg Miller and the entire Center for Families staff for successfully moving the organization through the transitional years since the merger. As a team, you have all created a new agency that is much stronger than the original parts, and is well positioned to meet the needs of the community moving forward. Meg Miller will continue on as manager of the Respite Center program."
Mike Kenitz holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from UW Madison and brings years of executive experience to his new position. He started his career as South Western Area Director for Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin. He was in this position for 16 years. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee based, Innovative Family Partnerships, and became their Executive Director. In 2005 after helping complete a successful merger of his organization with Wisconsin Community Services Network, Mike moved back to his Madison roots and became Executive Director of Family Enhancement. In 2009 he and the other directors of the agencies housed in the Family Centers building on Fordem Ave began looking at the possibility of merger. This was successfully accomplished under the name of Center for Families on January 1, 2011. Mike then spent the next two years as a Co-Director with Meg Miller ensuring that the merged agencies had a smooth transition period. Mike lives in Cottage Grove with his wife Janet, his two children Emily and Colin and his dog Zeke.