Here’s a common question we often hear.
What is Sarah A. Reed Children's Center? A typical answer might be that we work with over 700 children and families each and every day, or that we offer a wide range of programs and services at multiple locations throughout Erie County.

We are proud to tell you that we have just accomplished the significant milestone of being re-certified as a Sanctuary Certified Agency. Not just part of the agency; the whole agency! We certainly would want you to know about the recent move of our Erie City partial hospitalization programs into a single, integrated program at the brand new beautiful Hamilton Campus at 29th and Harvard, as well as the newly completed residential unit, cafeteria, and administrative building at our main campus. Finally, we would surely highlight that we continue to expand our use of evidence based interventions to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and their families.

For example, we recently implemented a highly successful and specialized service called Parent-Child Interaction Therapy or PCIT at our outpatient program at 1611 Peach Street. PCIT is nationally recognized by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as a best practice model for working with young children between the ages of 2.5 and 7 years of age. All of this is true but it’s not the whole story. Here is the part of the story you might not know. Sarah Reed is about healing the hearts and minds of children who have experienced and faced adversity and trauma with resilience and strength. We are about supporting families as they try to navigate the daily challenges faced by their children. We are about joining with children and families on their shared journey through some of life’s most painful trials and tribulations. We hear about their tragedies, traumas, and losses, but we also join them in their hopes, dreams, aspirations, and successes.

To know the Sarah A Reed Children's Center, is to know a child’s journey; to know how they have gotten to where they are and to help support them on their path forward. At Sarah Reed, children want us to listen though they may not always tell us what we want to hear. It is our time, our expertise, our experience, our dedication and our abiding respect for their strength and resilience which will enable them to trust us enough so that they can openly share their stories and narratives. At Sarah Reed, we are here to listen. We are here to help children discover their feelings and maybe for the first time, have these feelings in safety. We are here to teach children who feel their lives are out of control that they have options and choices. Sarah Reed is about helping children learn to take small steps and show them that we will be there with them even if those steps become overwhelming and treacherous. Nurturing the strengths in children and their families so that they can be strong and self-reliant is what drives us. Sarah Reed Children’s Center stands along-side children helping them discover that they can help themselves to see a future filled brightly with hope and promise. We encourage the importance of having positive, restorative relationships as cornerstones for healing and as a foundation for a good life. This is who we are and what we believe and stand for at Sarah A Reed Children’s Center.

Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center is caring and committed people providing services aimed at promoting the emotional well-being of children and their families, helping them to realize their potential and experience success.