The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department said Friday, February 28 is a sad day for the families who desperately need help with parenting skills.

Four Pierce County family support centers are closing at locations in Lakewood, Hilltop, Parkland and Puyallup.

We were helping single-parent homes and high-risk type families...It's kind of stressful to be a parent. We know that these services did help a lot of parents. It is a sad day that these services are gone, said Sebrena Chambers with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

The funding cut is the result of the end of the Early Family Support Service (EFSS) contract with Washington state s Children's Administration on Dec. 31st. EFSS was a home visiting program for clients who needed help to develop better parenting skills but were not active Child Protective Services (CPS) cases.

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department lost $626,000 in grant money, which paid for these services.

In 2012, 500 families were served through the program in Pierce County, including nearly 1,300 home visits.

In the meantime, families can still visit support centers in Bethel, Key Peninsula, Eastside, Sumner, Orting and White River, or call United Way of Pierce County at 211.

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