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Family Resource Center

Meet Us

The Family Resource Center is part of the Family and Child Life program at Central Washington University. Faculty and students from the program staff the FRC and provide services to families in Kittitas County. 

Program Facilitators

Amy Claridge

Director, Family Resource Center
Facilitator, The Incredible Years Parenting Group 
Associate Professor, Family & Child Life
Amy Claridge earned her BS in Psychology and MEd in Couple and Family Therapy from University of Oregon. She earned her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Washington. Amy collaborates with community partners to ensure that the FRC is providing services needed in the community. She also delivers services to families and coordinates the family-related research conducted through the FRC. Amy is a full-time faculty in the Family and Child Life program, is the coordinator of the Child Life program, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in research, family therapy, child development, and parenting. 

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Natalie Porter

Facilitator, FIG: Forward in Grief Group
Lecturer, Family & Child Life
Natalie Porter earned her BS in Family Studies and MS in Famliy and Child Life from Central Washington University, and is currently a full-time lecturer in the Family and Child Life program at CWU. She has taken part in developing and facilitating the Mother2Mother parenting program and the new FIG: Forward in Grief group for emerging adults. She also co-facilitates the grief group that is currently running in Ellensburg through Naomi’s Hope with Janine Yoder. Natalie loves teaching and helping families and individuals better themselves, and hopes to continue helping others in that capacity once she graduates with her Master’s degree.

Student Volunteers

Undergraduate and Graduate students in the Family and Child Life program volunteer their time to assist both the delivery of services to families, the development of new programs, and in the collection of family-related research. It would not be possible to run any of our programs without these amazing students.


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