About Us

Founder, Sarah L. McFarland

Sarah is the Founder of The Learning and Integrating New Knowledge and Skills Center, Inc. (The LINKS Center, Inc.).  a nonprofit organization that provides support services to families caring for children diagnosed with mental illness.  Sarah uses her lived experience to encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to move from hopelessness to wholeness.


Sarah is a Certified Trauma Professional, she also works as a Certified Parent Support Provider, Peer Recovery Specialist and Youth Counselor.  She has worked an a CASA Guardian Ad Liten volunteer, Advocate for Sexual Trauma Services and Domestic Violence Prevention. She devotes much of her time to advocate for survivors of childhood abuse and neglect.  Sarah is a Board member, advocate and facilitator for NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Overcoming Adversity and living with Resilience  


Whether we like it or not adversity is part of life. Overcoming adversity is one of the big challenges we have in life. Sarah has overcome and defy the odds, succeed in the face of adversity, survive tragedy and display strength and resilience when challenged. She will inspire you through her story of success and achievement following tragedy, injury, hardship and abandonment.  Sarah's story below will inspire and show you exactly what can be achieved when faced with adversity. Sarah is dedicated to her work and has utilised every opportunity to further her involvement in the community. Sarah wishes to inspire others to accept the differences in our multicultural society and with that make a difference in our society. Sarah utilises her powerful and inspired voice to advocate equality and acceptance within her community. She has become an optimistic and passionate representative of  both Faith and Rural communities.

What We Do 

  • Serve as advocates, mentors, or facilitators for resolution of issues; 

  • Teach skills necessary to improve coping abilities; 

  • Help families to secure basic needs, and social service benefits; 

  • Provide peer support and system navigation by phone and in person; 

  • Increase parent knowledge for meeting their child’s educational, and social/emotional health needs; 

  • Advocate and promote systems transformation; 

  • Participate in care planning and supporting court ordered concerns; and   



P O Box 2583 Petersburg, Virginia 23803

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