Parenting Resources – Preparing for Parenting
Programs & Services
A HOPE Center
3630 Hobson Road; Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Pregnancy and relationship resources. Catering to women and men experiencing unplanned pregnancy, their services are geared to provide hope, help, and healing in difficult circumstances. They offer nurse-administered pregnancy testing and limited-ultrasound medical services under the direction of a local practicing OB-GYN physician. A Hope Center is member of Care Net, a national organization providing professional services to over 1000 pregnancy resource centers. Also offer an “Earn While You Learn” program – personal support group for clients. All services are free and confidential. 24-hour helpline: 969-HELP.
Be Someone Now
Be Someone Now (BSON) is a program of SCAN, Inc. BSON serves young adults, ages 16-21 years old, who have dropped out of high school and are interested in earning, or already pursuing, their High School equivalency diploma. BSON provides training, testing fees, tutoring, and tuition assistance.
Contact: Diane Shoppell, Teachable Moment Mentor
Experience shows that it’s one thing to tell parents about Teachable Moments and a whole different thing to show them. Once parents see Teachable Moments in action and understand the ‘whys’ behind them, they really buy into the importance of daily learning opportunities. Before5 has Teachable Moment mentors available to connect those dots for parents. Please feel free to contact Diane at any time to schedule a demonstration for parents or staff.
209 N. Jackson Street; Auburn, IN 46706
Weekly workshops on life skills. www.mybrightpoint.org
Brightpoint helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty.
Butler Public Library
340 S. Broadway Street; Butler, IN 46721
DeKalb County Division of Family Resources (FSSA)
507 N. Grandstaff Dr.; Auburn, IN 46706
In the old Scotts plaza next to Oriental Gourmet
Toll Free: 1-800-403-0864
FSSA offers assistance in the forms of: SNAP (food assistance), TANF (cash assistance), IMPACT (job training), and Medicaid/Health Plans.
DeKalb County Domestic Violence Task Force
Contact: Judy Strock
Domestic Violence Task Force is crisis intervention for victims of domestic violence.
1316 East 7th Street; Auburn, IN 46706
Phone: 260-925-4600 ext. 2780
Child Safety Seat Inspection Services
As a free service to the community, DeKalb Health is proud to be one of only a few nationally recognized child safety seat fitting stations in Northeast Indiana to offer child safety seat inspections by certified technicians. Call 260-920-2551 for appointment.
Healthy Expectations is a free program designed to help ensure the development of healthy babies by providing information for the prevention of birth defects. Throughout the entire pregnancy, participants receive free prenatal vitamins, as well as physician referrals if needed.
Prenatal classes assist new mothers and their families in the preparation for the changes they will experience. Free to mothers using DeKalb Family Birthplace.
This one session class taught by a certified lactation consultant is designed to help you better understand the benefits of breastfeeding and what to expect. Learn about positioning techniques, hunger cues, milk storage, nutrition, pumping, managing problems, returning to work, breast care and much more. Cost: $5.00 Class is held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. one evening per month.
DeKalb Pregnancy Center
903 Cardinal Court; Auburn, IN 46706
Contact: Marcia Provines
DeKalb Pregnancy Center is a pregnancy resource center offering prenatal and early parenting curriculum as well as referral to doctors, insurance, and other agencies. They offer free pregnancy testing as well as a coupon-incentive program where clients can earn points by attending or being involved in various prenatal and parenting programs in the area. They can redeem these coupons for needed items for their baby.
Eckhart Public Library
603 S. Jackson Street; Auburn, IN 46706
Garrett-Keyser-Butler Head Start
Early Head Start
504 South Second Street; Garrett, IN 46738
Contact: Sharon Molargik or Karen Rice
GKB Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive health, social services and education programs to pregnant women, infants, children, 0- 5 years, and their families in DeKalb County with incomes at or below federal poverty guidelines and families with children with disabilities.
Garrett Public Library
107 W. Houston Street; Garrett, IN 46738
Great Kids Make Great Communities
Contact: Nancy Springer, Coordinator
Great Kids Make Great Communities offers training and support to ANYONE working with youth and families in Northeast Indiana. Their mission is to provide appropriate, research-based best practices to a wide variety of child champions.
Greater Fort Wayne Family
For a free subscription to the Greater Fort Wayne Family magazine, visit the website listed above, or call toll free at 1-800-717-4679.
High School Equivalency (GED) Prep, Adult Education, and ESL Classes
Contact Impact Institute at 1-888-349-0250, or ask at your DeKalb County Library.
For Class Locations, HSE Test Schedules, HSE Information, or HSE Testing Services, please visit: http://impactinstitute.net/
Information Hotline 2-1-1
One number. One easy way to find help. Dial 2-1-1 for free, confidential 24-hour information and referral assistance.
Just in Time Parenting
Just in Time Parenting is a free parenting newsletter that is delivered by email and specific to a child’s age and needs. They are designed so that information that’s relevant to your family is automatically delivered to you just in time. Click on the website link above to subscribe for free or browse the newsletters at the bottom of the page.
Phone: 260-927-0995 ext. 13
Contact: Sarah Speer
The Let’s Talk program focuses on educating parents and caregivers about the relationship between talking to their child, literacy, and academic and lifelong success. Parents and caregivers of children age 0-5 can receive weekly text messages with helpful parenting tips and information by signing up for the Let’s Talk, Talk 2Baby service.
Just text Talk2Baby to 99000.
Moms and Babes
Contact: Sue Blotkamp
This free program meets every other Wednesday evening at the JAM (Judy A. Morrill Recreation Center), with speakers on various life skill topics. Parents and children attend together. Dinner is provided; no fee to attend.
New Hope MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers)
New Hope Church
900 S. Wayne Street; Waterloo, IN 46793
Meetings are currently held the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm, September-May. Childcare is provided. MOPS is a support group for mothers of preschool age.
1800 Wesley Road; Auburn, IN 46706
Contact: Jeremy Lewis
Parenting Under Stress
This program is designed to provide support and education to mothers and fathers who are experiencing special life stresses that affect parenting. A group allows participants to gain support and information from their peers. This 12 week program meets weekly for 1 hour sessions every Friday.
This is a 2-hour court-mandated program that is offered on an individual basis. Please contact the Northeastern Center for more information.
Proud To Parent
Proud To Parent is a free, confidential, and eye-opening website for unmarried parents. Like children of divorce, children of unmarried parents can have special needs as they group up between two homes. This is a unique website that provides your best defense against unnecessary hurt, turmoil, and expense.
Purdue University Extension Office
215 East 9th Street – Suite 300; Auburn, IN 46706
News Notes to Parents
News Notes to Parents is a monthly publication of Purdue Extension in Northeast Indiana. It is a very helpful resource for parents, childcare workers, agencies, and anyone involved in the lives of infants and toddlers. All publications can be accessed here.
This is a program developed by the Talaris Research Institute. It is based on 60 second television scenarios about how children think, feel and learn. The materials are designed to support efforts to bring this information to parents and caregivers. The materials include two-hour workshop plans, 20-minute lesson plans to use in conjunction with other workshops, handouts for parents, and background material.
Parenting Piece By Piece
Curriculum was designed to be taught in a series of eight to ten sessions. It is designed for use with parents who have been mandated to attend parenting training due to their identification as physically or emotionally abusive and/or neglectful parents. The program has been adapted for use with incarcerated parents and other high-risk groups. It is not aimed at sexually abusive parenting. This has not been taught in DeKalb County but could be.
Right Relations, Inc.
2513 S. Calhoun Street; Fort Wayne, IN 46807
Contact: Tamie Morrison, Program Coordinator
Family Enrichment Series
This program focuses on personal development, communication skills, and building healthy relationships within families, work and social environments through principled centered education. Classes are offered Tuesday evenings in Kendallville, Thursday evenings in Columbia City, and Saturday mornings in Fort Wayne. Right Relations is a Community Partner with Purdue University.
SCAN, Inc. (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect)
500 W. Main Street; Fort Wayne, IN 46802
SCAN is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to eliminate the abuse and neglect of children through family services, education, and community partnerships. SCAN has two primary service areas: Prevention and Family Restoration.
Shots For Tots
DeKalb County Health Department
220 East 7th Street; Auburn, IN 46706
Contact: Emily Engel
Call our office to set up an appointment. Vaccines will be administered by appointment only. Children ages 0-18 years are eligible for free vaccines only if:
– No Insurance
– Medicaid/Hoosier Healthwise
– Insurance doesn’t pay for vaccines
Get support throughout your pregnancy and your baby’s first year with FREE text messages on topics like prenatal care, your baby’s health, parenting and more. Register online or through your cell phone. Text the word BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to the number 511411.
Up To Parents
Up To Parents provides divorcing or divorced parents information that provides your best defense against unnecessary hurt, turmoil, and expense. It’s a free, confidential, and interactive website.
Waterloo-Grant Township Public Library
300 S. Wayne Street; Waterloo, IN 46793
265 N. Grandstaff Boulevard.; Auburn, IN 46706
Contact: Lynette Calloway
WIC is a special supplemental food program for women, infants, and children, available to all eligible participants without regard to race, color, natural origin, age, sex, or handicap. WIC monitors the growth of infants and children, provides information on nutrition, tests for anemia and provides vouchers for nutritious food. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Wednesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
YWCA Domestic Abuse Task Force
1610 Spy Run Ave.; Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-800-441-4073
YWCA Domestic Violence Services delivers a high quality continuum of care programs to victims of domestic violence. Sheltering and interventions are available.
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