Family & Children's Center
of Matching Funds Remaining
Family & Children’s Center is one of northern Indiana’s major non-profit human services agencies. We serve more than 700 children and families annually throughout St. Joseph County through our early childhood and parent education and support programs. Family & Children’s Center is dedicated to strengthening the holistic health of young families through Healthy Families, The Brain Train, and parenting programs. Healthy Families helps parents of newborn babies or expectant parents by offering support and information about child development and what to expect as a new parent. The Brain Train provides families with knowledge and skills to enhance their infant or young child's healthy growth and development. Through experienced Family Coordinators, parents learn fun ways to interact with their children and how to use the resources available. Our mission is to build strong families and healthy children and although our services and programs have changed over the decades, our mission remains constant. Please take a moment and check out Our History page on our website as our growth over the years has been tremendous.
The funds raised through Give Local St. Joseph County 2017 will help us provide Educational Assessment and New Baby Bags to our families upon their first interaction with our assessment team and their first experience with a home visitor. They will receive an educational assessment bag with informational handouts and supports. The bag contains newborn essentials and additional items to support healthy development, safety, and learning opportunities for the families. Most families assessed experience high levels of poverty and often what seems to be a “basic” baby item is difficult, if not impossible, for families to provide to their children. In 2016, 100% of our families in the Healthy Families program were low-to-moderate income. In addition to the parent’s support, our staff use the items in the baby bags to initiate a strategic, thoughtful conversation about how to keep children safe daily.
The additional revenue generated through our endowed fund will assist with our parent engagement classes and educational supports we provide families in St. Joseph County.
315 W Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46601