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A pilot program focusing social-service programs on the problems of youth in the Akron Central School District will debut with the new year.

The Family Support Center will provide training or information on such issues as improving parenting skills, substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence. The school-based centers link troubled students and families to health and human service agencies.

The center is the culmination of six months of planning.

Robert Lauffenburger, a social worker who has worked in Western New York human service agencies the past 18 years, was hired in October to organize and develop the center. Lauffenburger, who will be paid through a United Way grant, will provide counseling to individuals, families and couples.

The center, to be housed in the district's building, also will be staffed on a rotating basis by employees of several participating agencies, including Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Catholic Charities and Renaissance House.

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