Merger Announcement

May 20, 2020  |  12:30pm

The FamilyWise mission is building momentum. After a year of exploration and conversation, our Board of Directors has voted to approve a merger with Minnesota Communities Caring for Children (MCCC), effective July 1.

FamilyWise and MCCC have long been likeminded partners, with MCCC being a leader in child abuse prevention and parent empowerment through its peer-led support groups, mentorship, and a widely respected training platform that builds the resilience of communities in supporting families.

FamilyWise has always focused on innovating and strengthening our programs. This merger does just that: as one unified organization, we will create a circle of care that wraps around families to keep kids safe and healthy.

MCCC’s strengths will sharpen areas FamilyWise has prioritized in our strategic plan:

    • Training, specifically to build the impact of informal supports for families in our programs
    • Parent leadership
    • Mentoring

As of July 1, MCCC programs will operate under the FamilyWise name and FamilyWise will become the Minnesota chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America and the National Circle of Parents.

Staff-wise, our team will expand to include current MCCC staff, and Ann Gaasch will continue as the Chief Executive Officer.

While our decision to merge came before COVID-19, we see our united organization even better equipped to meet the new challenges our parents and children face as we enter the recovery phase of the crisis.

If you would like to learn more about the impactful programs of MCCC, check out their website at

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