The Child Abuse Prevention Team @ "Our House" has been serving Wilkes County for over 30 years.  We are committed to educating the public on ways to help prevent child abuse from happening in our community.  We offer "Love and Logic" parenting classes which focuses on positive parenting skills.  We provide a safe, "homelike" setting for supervised visitations with non custodial parents and their children.  We also offer free in-home advice and information on family advocacy services that are available to all parents who may need assistance.

Parenting with Love and Logic*

Our Parenting Classes are taught  using the Love and Logic curriculum which has been an effective resource  for over 30 years.
  • We show adults how to discipline kids without losing their love and respect.
  • We focus on helping children develop personal responsibility, self-control and good decision making skills.
  • Unlike some approaches we don’t use complicated reward or punishment systems only focused on short-term compliance;
  • Instead, we focus on nurturing long-term relationships and reinforcing good character.

Instructors are experienced, caring individuals who are eager to help parents learn positive discipline tactics that help keep families together and grow stronger.   

Class Schedule, Requirements and Fee

Day classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 12:00pm at  Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church, 205 East Main St., Wilkesboro. 
Evening classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays  from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm at Our House, 203 East Main Street, Wilkesboro.  
All classes are 6 required sessions long. 
Each parent is allowed only one excused absence following the introductory session.
Participants are required to register prior to taking classes and must schedule an appointment for an introductory interview with the instructor before beginning classes.
Cost of the class is $10 for the workbook and must be paid by the end of the parenting class session.
Participants will only receive a certificate of completion, once they have completed the entire session.
The registration deadline  is usually 3 days prior to the beginning of each class and is subject to change.  Current information for the deadline will be provided upon registration.  

For more  information, please call us at 336 667 5555. 

Supervised Visitation

Parents must have a court order to receive supervised visitation services.  Parents must also participate in an orientation process to review requirements and expectations for the supervised visit.  Please call Elaine Osborne, at  336-667-5555, for more information and  to schedule an appointment. 

Family Advocacy Services

Andrea Byrd serves as our Family Advocate Coordinator.  Andrea comes to us with an abundance of knowledge and experience in working with families and children.  She holds a BS Degree in Human Services Technology from Gardner Webb University, and an Associates Degree in Applied Science and Human Services Technology from Wilkes Community College.  You may reach her at  or you may also reach her at 336 667 5555.
Maria Michalak began her work with Child Abuse Prevention Team as a volunteer, she now serves as a Family Advocate Coordinator as well.  Maria is very knowledgeable in public relations and working with children as a Nanny and caregiver for many years.  She holds a BA degree in Communications from UNC Charlotte, she also holds an Associates of Arts Degree from Wilkes Community College.  You may reach Maria at, or you may also reach her a 336 667 5555.  

Both these ladies work closely with parents and families by providing referrals to agencies for specific needs as well as providing information on services other agencies provide in the community. 

Parenting Class Instructor

Andrea Byrd and Maria Milchalak currently serve as our Parenting Class Instructors.