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Family Focus

Nonprofit
Abuse Prevention and Parent Education

KIDS is an intensive home-based social intervention program designed to assist families with their current situation. The program attempts to restore stability in the home by identifying and building upon family strengths. KIDS relies on a specially trained team of Therapists, whose goal is to enhance the family’s competence and coping abilities. TransParenting is an educational program designed to teach effective parenting during the transition of divorce or parental separation. It impresses upon parents the critical role they play in their child’s ability to adjust to the changes.

Please call (219) 462-9200 for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Friends of Faith, Inc

ACEs OUT Training

Friends of Faith, Inc. provides community-based life skills training in "safe-brave" spaces where individuals address and overcome undesirable trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) learn protective factors to promote resilience, improved quality of life, and invent action making their ultimate "personal" potential obtainable. Friends of Faith, Inc. ACEs OUT TRAINING and TEEN/PARENT CAFEs provide individuals with tools and strategies that promote healing from hurt, pain, frustration, depression and lack of motivation through sharing of personal LIVED experiences in a structured and safe environment.

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Mental Health America of NWI

Baby & Me Tobacco Free

Baby & Me Tobacco Free is a nationally-recognized, incentive-based smoking cessation program designed to help pregnant women (and their family members) quit smoking prior to delivery of their new baby - and to remain smoke-free. SERVES: Pregnant moms and family members CONTACT: Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (219) 937-7733, x.200 or email vrainwater@mhanwi.org

M-F, evening and weekend hours by appointment.
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North Township Trustee

Government
Baby Needs

Provide baby need assistance up to 24 months for families living in (Hammond, East Chicago, Whiting, Munster and Highland)

Monday through Friday
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Communities in Schools of Lake County

Case Management

Child must attend a school that CIS is affiliated. Referring agency or school must complete CIS referral form and submit to school's site coordinator.

Please call (219) 378-9114 for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Family Advocates

Nonprofit
Child Advocate

A CASA volunteer is a court appointed, trained and committed adult who ensures that each child’s individual needs remain a priority in an over-burdened child welfare system. They get to know the child while also gathering information from the child’s family, teachers, doctors, care-givers and anyone else involved in the child’s life in order to make independent and informed recommendations to help the judge decide what’s best for the child. CASA volunteers come from every walk of life and share a commitment to improving children’s lives, a willingness to learn, and an open mind towards life experiences different from their own.

Please call (219) 324-3385 for hours of operation.
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Kid's Closet Ministry

Church
Child Assistance

Our vision is Sharing God's love to change lives and transform communities. "Children Without Needs" We meet the needs of children in Starke County that are recommended by a teacher in the school system and by Dept. of Children Services. Families may also connect with us directly

Please call (574) 896-5927 for hours of operation.
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St. Joseph's Carmelite Home

Nonprofit
Children's Shelter

Care Includes: Full-time, on-site nurses Full-time, on-site therapists and counselors Childcare staff Kitchen staff Maintenance staff

Please call (219) 397-1085 for hours of operation.
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Merit Foundation

Nonprofit
Church Resources

We believe that our community, Starke County, has within its capacity the ability to utilize the best practices and resources from around the world to achieve unprecedented excellence. With a laser focus on each citizen’s spiritual and physical health, our community will rise from the depths of despair to our God-given rightful place of vibrant health. We will achieve this extraordinary goal through seven compelling visions that are predicated upon the most compassionate and enduring biblical principles.

Please call (574) 772-3444 for hours of operation.
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Heartland Christian Center - North Judson

Church
Church services

We want to welcome you to come experience Heartland Christian Center at one of our campuses. Heartland Christian Center is a church where we teach the Bible, connect in groups, and focus on growing in our daily relationship with Jesus Christ. Heartland Christian Center is a part of the Assemblies of God cooperative fellowship. The Assemblies of God is a protestant fellowship with an emphasis on Pentecost and evangelism. We believe that God is alive and at work today, and that we can know Him personally through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. For more information on the Assemblies of God fellowship, visit www.ag.org

Please call (574) 896-2005 for hours of operation.
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Geminus Community Partners

Nonprofit
Circle Around Families

We are a wraparound service that helps determine the family's strengths and needs; assists the family in developing and implementing an individualized case plan; obtains necessary services identified by the care plan; monitors access to and provision of services, and continually measures their quality; coordinates links to other family support providers; and, supports the family during transition to other services. QUALIFYING FOR SERVICE Your child may qualify for service if she or he is currently assisted by two or more different child and family service systems; experiencing serious difficulties in at least two of three functional areas (home, school and community); and, now in, or at risk of, placement outside the home. WHO WE WORK WITH We collaborate with a variety of organizations involved with the child. These organizations are part of the team, and include, but are not limited to: Lake County, Indiana Juvenile Justice Court System (LCJC System) Department of Child Services (DCS) Schools Education centers Local churches Mental health care providers INCORPORATING CIRCLE AROUND FAMILES INTO YOUR CHILD’S CASE PLAN A child may be referred by a juvenile probation officer if determined that the child presents higher levels of emotional and behavioral issues and if the child is a high risk for placement or DOC (department of corrections). If the child is referred by the Department of Child Services, the same can be true but in this instance a more intensive approach is needed to help and support the child. If you are a parent with either scenario, you may inquire with Juvenile Justice or a Family Case Worker from DCS, if your child can be enrolled in the program. For more information, contact Circle Around Families at 219-757-1800.

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Geminus Community Partners

Nonprofit
Community Partners

24-Hour Hotline - 866-641-7181 We listen No one knows your family as well as you, so our trained counselors listen to everyone in the family to determine where the problems are and the best way to help you deal with them. We also work with you to identify your family’s strengths, so you can become more resilient and build the capacity to cope. We look at ways to expand your social network, so you have a broader base of parenting support and the skills to successfully advocate the needs of your family. We support Our purpose is to help your family members help each other. We don’t tell you what to do. Instead, we work with you to help you figure out the best plan for yourself. Our counselors find agencies, professionals, support groups and assistance programs to help you reach your goals. These programs may include job counseling, parenting classes, and advice on how to make better use of the community services that can keep your family healthy, happy and together. We find help As part of our service to you, we help you access programs offered within our community – whether it’s professional counseling, a support group, or childcare. We work with churches, faith-based organizations, and other provider organizations and ensure that these resources are in keeping with your family’s culture as well as its values. And then, we stay with you to make sure that the requirements needed to access these services do not overwhelm your family. We help you help yourself Every family can run into difficulty. It is just part of being human. But the wonder of families is that by working together, supporting each other, and loving each other, they can come through difficult times stronger than before. Sometimes though, they need a little help to get started in the right direction. We’re here to help point your family in the right direction. Program Requirements Resident of Lake County, Indiana Children under the age of 18 years old in the home No current involvement or open case with the Department of Child Services Not currently receiving services through Healthy Families Families that do not meet the criteria for Health Families participation.

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Family Focus

Nonprofit
Crisis Programs

Home-based therapy, counseling, visitation, and more. https://familyfocusinc.net/crisisprograms/

Please call (219) 462-9200 for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Mental Health America of NWI

Empowering Teens As Parents

Empowering Teens As Parents (ETAP) helps pregnant and parenting teens navigate challenges they face on their way to graduation and increase knowledge of child health, safety, and development. Services are provided in-school and in-home (in-person or online). SERVES: Pregnant and parenting teens and their families with children 0-5 years of age. CONTACT: Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (219) 937-7733, x.200 or email lgordon@mhanwi.org

M-F, evening and weekend hours by appointment.
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Family Concern Counseling

Business
Family Counseling

Individual, youth, couples, and family counseling.

Please call (219) 477-6646 for hours of operation.
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Moving Starke County Forward Inc

Nonprofit
Family Health

MSCF is a coalition of leaders whose purpose is to improve the quality of life, and to encourage, create and advocate for a healthy Starke County, IN.

Please call for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

Family Management 101 (FM101)

FM101 are 1-hour workshops providing families struggling with balancing all of life's responsibilities with tips to get their lives back in balance. FM101 covers the issues parents often have managing work, school, and home responsibilities – with a focus on managing and creating safe, non-toxic living environments in the home for the entire family. FM101 is particularly beneficial for those who have had particular challenges in the past with retaining employment or completing their education due to difficult family situations (e.g., finding reliable and affordable childcare, a family member’s [or their own] health issues, skill and/or education deficiencies, single-parenting, or a lack of structured family backup support systems), or have not been successfully employable. Sessions meet for 4 weeks, 2 days/week for 1 hour (8 hours total). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Workshop fees are $20 each. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. If seeking financial assistance, you must set up an appointment to get registered. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income with you.

Monday - Friday
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Family & Youth Services Bureau, Porter County

Nonprofit
Family Services

Parent Enrichment Groups Strengthening Families Program Beyond The Influence Workshop Series Teen Anger Management Group Community Counseling ADD (Alcohol and Drug Defense) Teen Anger Management Groups Co-Parenting Classes Mentoring Programs SMART Recovery Summer Day Camp Juvenile Detention Center Group Facilitation Juvenile Justice Services

Please call (219) 464-9585 for hours of operation.
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Financial Help for Single Mothers

Nonprofit
Financial Help for Single Mothers

This website helps financially struggling single mothers with finding assistance through grants and government assistance programs. Services are free of cost.

Please call for hours of operation.
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Baptist Children's Home

Group Home and Foster Care

We provide this hope through group home and foster home care for children, Christian family and/or personal counseling, adoptive services, and care for pre-born children. In short, if it affects the family, BCH is there to help.

Please call for hours of operation.
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Mental Health America of NWI

Healthy Families - Lake County

Healthy Families supports new and expectant parents with evidence-based knowledge and activities that promote positive parenting and child development; additional support is provided by connecting families to needed resources in the community. Services are provided in-home (in-person or online). SERVES: Pregnant and parenting families with children 0-5 years of age in Lake County, IN CONTACT: Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (219) 937-7733, x.200 or email aloe@mhanwi.org

M-F, evening and weekend hours by appointment.
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Urban Suns Community Development

Nonprofit
Home-Based Family-Centered Casework Services

In-home services that are high quality that is effective in reducing maltreatment, improving caretaking and coping skills, enhancing family resilience, supporting healthy and nurturing relationships, and children's physical, mental, emotional, and educational well-being. The services provided are school visits, conflict management, Child development, domestic violence, and parenting education, family communication, developed structure/time management, behavior modification, participation in child and family team meetings, budgeting/money management.

Please call (219) 614-3009 for hours of operation.
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Urban Suns Community Development

Nonprofit
Homemaker/ Parent Aid

Provide help and support for parents who have barriers to fulfilling their parenting and homemaking responsibilities. USCD assists our families through advocating, teaching, demonstrating, monitoring, and/or role modeling utilizing curriculums, tools, and evidence-based practices.

Please call (219) 614-3009 for hours of operation.
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Mental Health America of NWI

Infant Safe Sleep Education

Program Operates All Year Ideal for prenatal or infants 6 months or younger Participants may only receive one Pack & Play per child Grandparents or other caregivers may attend Please contact: Carol Whitson 219-937-7733 x132 cwhitson@mhanwi.org Classes are held monthly at MHA Main Office in Hammond and St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point.

M-F, evening and weekend hours by appointment.
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Indiana Parenting Institute

IPI Support Services - FRN

IPI Support Services - Family Resources Navigator (FRN) works one-on-one with families to connect them to needed services and resources (supports) their local community, as needs arise, including Home-Based services, Case Management services, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring services, and Support Groups for those in need of more hands-on assistance. Families may utilize this referral service to expeditiously satisfy immediate needs, or they may work with the FSC to create their own personalized Community Resource Network (CRN)© – which serves as a family’s quick-access directory to needed and/or frequently utilized services and resources in the community that assist with improving quality of life and family wellbeing. This service is free to IPI program participants during their program session, and for up to one (1) year post-program completion. Otherwise, your 1st FRN session is free. Registration is required and is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income with you. Appointments can last up to 1 hour. Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18.

Monday - Friday
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Indiana Parenting Institute

IPI Support Services - LifeCoach

IPI Support Services - LifeCoach provides families with one-on-one, face-to-face family- and career-focused support to create and reach family and personal goals. It, in addition, provides them the opportunity to share their concerns, ask questions, and find solutions in a safe space. LifeCoach sessions are by appointment only, and can last up to 1 hour. IPI program participants may schedule up to five (5) 1-hour one-on-one coaching sessions with an IPI LifeCoach during their program session (unless otherwise indicated). Beyond 5 LifeCoach sessions, or post-program, program participants may continue to access this service, but for a nominal fee (sliding-scale). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18.

Monday - Friday
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Indiana Parenting Institute

Living Well @Home (LWAH)

LWAH is a parenting and life skills program that trains caregivers how to cultivate healthy family relationships in an orderly, nurturing home environment, and to see their home as the investment it is. LWAH is targeted to families who reside in transitional, permanent (supportive), subsidized, and/or affordable housing. It provides them with the skills and resources needed to identify and create the healthy physical, mental, and emotional environments needed for their families to thrive. Sessions meet for 8 weeks, 2 days/week for 1.5 hours (24 hours total). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
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Family Advocates

Nonprofit
Mentor Services

The Court Youth Advocate (CYA) Program seeks to reach youth struggling with behaviors interfering with positive personal and academic progress. Our one-on-one mentoring and advocacy intervention works to impact teens involved in probation, alternative education programming or as a community based support to those who are in school or court referred. Our approach guides youth to find their strengths and acts as an additional support to promote better choices.

Please call (219) 324-3385 for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Mental Health America of NWI

Mothers & Babies Support Group

Mothers & Babies is an interactive program with lessons and activities proven to promote healthy mood, bonding with baby, and coping with stress. Six-week sessions, held weekly. Call for upcoming classes (offered in-person or online). SERVES: Pregnant/parenting moms in NWI and helps identify and support those at-risk for postpartum depression. CONTACT: Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (219) 937-7733, x.200 or email kzandi@mhanwi.org

M-F, evening and weekend hours by appointment.
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Goodwill Industries Of Michiana--Nurse Family Partnership

Nurse-Family Partnership

With your very own free Nurse­-Family Partnership personal nurse, you will get the support, advice and information you need during your pregnancy and when your baby arrives. Becoming a mom for the first-time can be a lot to handle, so wouldn’t it be nice to have an expert nurse to help you on your journey? Over 360,000 first-time moms just like you have enjoyed the benefits of having a NFP nurse. I know. It sounds too good to be true, right? It’s true! We’d love to tell you more and answer all your questions. You must be a first-time mom that is pregnant 28 weeks or less, but your nurse would love to work with you as early in your pregnancy as possible. There is also an income eligibility requirement. Contact us to learn more, or so we can get you connected with your personal nurse. Call or text (844) 637-6667

Please call 219-444-2000 for hours of operation.
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Goodwill Industries of Michiana: Tri-County Team

Nurse-Family Partnership

Over more than four decades, research consistently has proven that Nurse-Family Partnership succeeds at its most important goals: keeping children healthy and safe and improving the lives of moms and babies. Nurse-Family Partnership works by having specially educated nurses regularly visit young, first-time moms-to-be, starting early in the pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday. If you have any questions call or text 844-637-6667.

Please call 574-472-7378 for hours of operation.
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Dunebrook

Parent Education

The Parent and Family Education program takes a holistic and reflective approach to parenting groups to conquer generational patters of family trauma. We believe that being a kid shouldn’t hurt and strive to increase positive parenting interactions between parents and children. https://dunebrook.org/programs/parent-family-education/

Please call for hours of operation.
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Indiana Parenting Institute

ParentChat / Relationship Chat

GOT PARENTING OR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP QUESTIONS? WE CAN HELP. Schedule a ParentChat or Relationship Chat via phone or email. (219) 886-1111 rose@indianaparentinginstitute.org

Monday - Friday
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Indiana Parenting Institute

Parenting Birth2Eighteen (B2E)

B2E is a parenting and life skills program that builds family resiliency and stability, targeted to families parenting school-aged children, co-parenting, and/or dealing with stressful (even traumatic) circumstances, equipping them with the skills and resources needed to keep their families together and thriving. Sessions meet for 8 weeks, 1 day/week for 2 hours (16 hours total). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
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Urban Suns Community Development

Nonprofit
Parenting Education

Focus on enhancing parenting practices to assist the parent or guardian with positive discipline techniques, child development skills, milestones, and locating and accessing community resources. USCD utilizes several tools, curriculums, and evidence-based practices.

Please call (219) 614-3009 for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Mental Health America of NWI

Parents As Teachers

Parents As Teachers builds strong communities, thriving families, and children that are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Through home visitation (in-person or online), our professionals promote strong parent/child relationships and present activities parents can use to stimulate learning. SERVES: Pregnant and parenting families with children 0-5 years of age. CONTACT: Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (219) 937-7733, x.200 or email msmith@mhanwi.org

M-F, evening and weekend hours by appointment.
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Indiana Parenting Institute

Parents Recovering Rebuilding (PRR)

PRR is a substance involvement treatment and recovery program – with a family focus. By addressing substance involvement’s role in one's life as a coping mechanism choice, PRR provides parents working through recovery from addiction (and their families) with the guidance they are seeking to better handle life, with all its ups-and-downs, while keeping their focus on life's manageability and on their capacity – increasing their confidence in their ability to get a handle on things and to effectively address when “life happens” (without resorting to substances). Sessions meet for 10 weeks, 2 days/week for 1.5 hours (30 hours total). Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
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Mental Health America of NWI

Parents Village - Online Parenting Community

Parents Village is a private, online community where parents can ask questions, interact with others, and access the latest research and education on early childhood development. Parents can also schedule one-on-one consultations with our Parent Educators using secure, face-to-face technology. Ideal for parents whose time is limited due to schedule constraints. Request free access on Facebook @MHANWIndiana. SERVES: Pregnant and parenting families with children 0-5 years of age CONTACT: Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (219) 937-7733, x.200 or email ggidley@mhanwi.org

M-F, evening and weekend hours by appointment.
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

Relationships Matter (RetMa)

RetMa is a life skills program for building and sustaining healthy relationships. It covers the basics of relationships, including Communication, Decision-Making, and Conflict Management, and how healthy relationships are the key to a healthy and successful life. The skills acquired here can be applied towards any relationship. RetMa is for anyone interested in having a healthy relationship with their partner, co-worker, parent(s), sibling(s), neighbor(s), themselves, &/or their children. Sessions meet for 6 weeks, 1 day/week for 1.5 hours (9 hours total). Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
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Pandemic Parenting

Resources & Recordings

From deciding whether your child should be back in the classroom to figuring out how you can get your five-year-old to keep a mask on, we’ve all got a lot on our minds as parents. We’ve compiled science-based resources along with our webinar recordings to help you make informed decisions for your child while also coping with pandemic-related stress. Visit www.pandemic-parent.org/resources for more information.

Please call for hours of operation.
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Geminus Community Partners

Nonprofit
Safe Sleep for Lake County IN

If you are currently pregnant and/or the legal guardian of a child that is less than one year old and a Lake County, IN resident, you may be eligible to receive a FREE Pack N' Play Crib for attending Geminus Community Partners Safe Sleep Class. Locations/Dates/Times - Geminus Corporation - September 9th and October 17th - 3:00-4:00pm Calumet Township Trustee - September 18th and October 16th - 9:00-10:00am Circle of Services - September 27th and October 25th - 11:00am-12:00pm **Caregivers must be the legal guardian and be able to provide supporting documentation** To register please call 1-866-641-7181

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Friends of Faith, Inc

Teen/Parent Cafes

Friends of Faith, Inc. provides community-based life skills training in "safe-brave" spaces where individuals address and overcome undesirable trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) learn protective factors to promote resilience, improved quality of life, and invent action making their ultimate "personal" potential obtainable. Friends of Faith, Inc. ACEs OUT TRAINING and TEEN/PARENT CAFEs provide individuals with tools and strategies that promote healing from hurt, pain, frustration, depression and lack of motivation through sharing of personal LIVED experiences in a structured and safe environment.

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Safe Families for Children

Nonprofit
Temporary Child Placement

Safe Families surrounds families in crisis with caring, compassionate community. Our family of volunteers provide a loving, temporary home for children while their parents deal with their crises. We care for their children for as long as they need. We work quickly to connect children with a volunteer family. Often, we’ve been able to find a home the same day we receive a call.

Please call (219) 465-7777 for hours of operation.
Family & Parent Resources

Indiana Parenting Institute

The JOY Project (JOY)

JOY is a family strengthening and career skills-building program that builds resiliency in vulnerable families, targeted to “single female parent” families transitioning from crisis living (i.e., homelessness, system dependency, incarceration, substance addiction, and/or partner abandonment) to family self-sufficiency and stability. Sessions meet 1 day/week for 2 hours, and are ongoing. Must be the legal caregiver of a child between the ages of birth and 18. Course fees are $40 per session. TANF recipients are eligible for a sliding fee scale and/or scholarships. Registration is by appointment only. Please bring a picture ID, your social security card, and proof of income (if seeking financial assistance).

Monday - Friday
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Northwest Indiana Community Action

Nonprofit
Please call (219) 794-1829 for hours of operation.
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The Child Care Resource Network

Workshops

The Child Care Resource Network offers monthly workshops to families about a variety of topics related to raising young children. If you are interested in learning more about a topic but do not see it on our calendar email Melissa Simpson to discuss options for adding it in the future.

Please call 800-932-3302 for hours of operation.
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