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Parenting Resources – School Age

Programs & Services

A HOPE Center

3630 Hobson Road; Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Phone: 260-422-3544

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.



Programs vary depending on location. Contact your favorite library for more information.

Butler Public Library, 260-868-2351

Eckhart Public Library, 260-925-2414

Garrett Public Library, 260-357-5485

Waterloo-Grant Township Public Library, 260-837-4491


Bowen Center

923 Cardinal Ct.; Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: 260-925-8035 or toll free 1-800-342-5653

Bowen Center provides a variety of services for children, adolescents, and adults. Bowen Center has a specialized social skills group, 1 to 1 home-based services that target parenting, development, and communication skills.



209 N. Jackson Street; Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: 260-423-3546

Weekly workshops on life skills.

Brightpoint helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty.


Butler Elementary School

1025 S. Broadway; Butler, IN 46721

Phone: 260-868-2123


Butler Public Library

340 S. Broadway Street; Butler, IN 46721

Phone: 260-868-2351


Child Care Search

Choosing Child Care is a big decision! Click the button to the left to take part in a convenient online Child Care Search. After you have completed the registration and entered your search criteria you will be shown a list of child care providers.

Children First Center

1754 Wesley Road; Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: 260-925-3865 or toll free 1-800-824-2698

Contact: Maria Manuel-Slone


The H.O.M.E. (Helping Others Meet Expectations) program works with parents and children age birth to eighteen years who are involved with the Department of Child Services (DCS). The program assists families in enhancing their parenting skills or conquering other challenges in order to preserve the family unit. The H.O.M.E. program is designed to support clients and guide them in parenting education, thus enabling them to protect and care for their children. A Family Support Worker provides services through weekly home visits.

Network For Safe Families

The program assists families in enhancing their parenting skills or conquering other challenges in order to preserve the family unit. Services are voluntary, short-term, home-based case management. The Family Support Worker will provide client support, information, and referral services. This program is for families who are not involved in DCS. Self referral welcomed.

The Nurturing Parent

Home based parenting class for families of children, ages birth to 10 years. A 10-session program is provided in the family home.

Redirecting Children’s Behavior

Course runs five weeks, one night a week for 3 hours (15 hours total). Focuses on understanding your child’s behavior, building a good relationship and exploring alternatives for dealing with misbehavior. For anyone living or working with children of all ages. Scholarships may be available upon request.


Country Meadow Elementary School

2410 County Road 10; Ashley, IN 46705

Phone: 260-920-1017



Phone: 855-927-7963

Crosswinds is a faith-based organization, created to provide everyday families with the resources and options they might need to overcome unique family situations and struggles. Their in-home family counseling staff will come to your home, provide help, and work with you to strengthen your family.


DeKalb County Central United School District

3326 County Road 427; Waterloo, IN 46793

Phone: 260-920-1011


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

Phone: 260-908-6119

Contact: Judy Strock

Domestic Violence Task Force is crisis intervention for victims of domestic violence.


DeKalb Eastern School District

300 E. Washington Street; Butler, IN 46721

Phone: 260-868-2125


DeKalb Health

1316 East 7th Street; Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: 260-925-4600 ext. 2780

Contact: Julie Wagoner

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.

DeKalb Middle School

Phone: 260-920-1013

3338 County Road 427; Waterloo, IN 46793


Department of Child Services

934 W. 15th St.; Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: 260-925-2810

Child abuse and neglect hotline: 1-800-800-5556

Contact Wesley A. Husselman

DeKalb County Department of Child Services investigates reports made by anyone, or agency, involving suspected maltreatment of youth ages birth to 18.


Early Childhood Alliance

Phone: 1-800-423-1498 ext. 2484

Contact: Lanissa Maggert

Parent E-Book Club

The ECA on-line parent book club is now reading “Raising Your Spirited Child” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. This book is a guide for parents whose child is more intense, sensitive, persistent, perceptive, and energetic. Connect with other parents on-line each week to discuss chapters in the book, share ideas and gain insight from other parents who have been there!

Child Care Resources And Referral

Early Childhood Alliance is one of 11 child care resource and referral agencies in Indiana. Child care referrals are available at no cost to families in northeast Indiana. Families are assisted in making well-informed decisions about child care, including information on Paths to QUALITY, the statewide child care rating system. Referrals are available by phone (800-423-1498) or on-line at Specialized referrals are available for families of infants and toddlers, children with special needs or Spanish speaking families.

Choosing Child Care is a big decision! Click the button to the left to take part in a convenient online Child Care Search. After you have completed the registration and entered your search criteria you will be shown a list of child care providers.

Eastside Jr./Sr. High School

603 East Green Street; Butler, IN 46721

Phone: 260-868-2186


Eckhart Public Library

603 S. Jackson Street; Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: 260-925-2414


Family Table

Phone: 260-456-4511

Visit for resources, recipes and ideas for making the family meal a habit in your house. Sponsored by the McMillen Center for Health Education.


Follow the Reader

Phone: 260-423-6447

Follow the Reader is a highly engaging, highly interactive free online instructional series of five programs (each 30 minutes or less) designed to help parents, mentors, early childhood learning providers and tutors help young children become strong readers.


Fort Wayne Center for Learning

Phone: 260-469-3925

Fort Wayne Center for Learning is an organization dedicated to providing specialized instruction to children in northeast Indiana with learning challenges. They help children develop a positive self-image through the improvement of the critical learning skills necessary to be successful learners. They offer one-to-one instruction in reading, spelling, writing, math, comprehension, and academic independence.


Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District

801 E. Houston Street; Garrett, IN 46738

Phone: 260-357-3185


Garrett Middle School

801 E. Houston Street; Garrett, IN 46738

Phone: 260-357-3575


Garrett Public Library

107 W. Houston Street; Garrett, IN 46738

Phone: 260-357-5485


Great Kids Make Great Communities

Phone: 260-449-7272

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

Phone: 260-347-0400

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.


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.



INSPIRE is Indiana’s Virtual Library. INSPIRE is a collection of academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents using any computer equipped with an Internet Protocol (IP) address located in Indiana and a Web browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.


James R. Watson Elementary School

Phone: 260-920-1014

901 Eckhart Avenue; Auburn, IN 46706


J.E. Ober Elementary School

801 E. Houston Street; Garrett, IN 46738

Phone: 260-357-3112


Lakewood Park Christian School

5555 County Road 29 South; Auburn IN 46706

Phone: 260-925-1393


Learn More Indiana

Toll Free: 1-800-992-2076

Learn More Indiana offers a variety of helpful resources- in print, in person, online, and on the phone- to help all Hoosiers from kindergarteners to adults turn their college and career dreams into reality.


Lifeline Youth & Family Services

7136 Gettysburg Pike, P.O. Box 80487; Fort Wayne, IN 46898-0487

Toll Free: 1-800-509-6884

Working with families in their homes, bringing tools and education to strengthen the family. Other services are available.


McKenney-Harrison Elementary School

Phone: 260-920-1015

320 Van Auken Street; Auburn, IN 46706


Northeastern Center

1800 Wesley Road; Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: 260-925-2453

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.

Divorce Seminar

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

Phone: 317-755-1265

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

Phone: 260-925-2562

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.

Parenting Counts

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

Phone: 260-436-7578

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.


Riverdale Elementary School

6127 State Road 1; St. Joe, IN 46785

Phone: 260-337-5464


Saint Joseph Catholic School

301 West Houston Street; Garrett, IN 46738

Phone: 260-357-5137


SCAN, Inc. (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect)

500 W. Main Street; Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Phone: 260-421-5002

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.

Network For Safe Families

The Network provides home-based case management and resource referrals for parents seeking help with the day-to-day challenges of raising children. The Network can also help with referrals for meeting basic needs and coping with personal or family crisis.


Shots For Tots

DeKalb County Health Department

220 East 7th Street; Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: 260-925-2220

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


Up To Parents

Phone: 317-755-1265

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 Elementary School

300 E. Douglas Street; Waterloo, IN 46793

Phone: 260-920-1016


Waterloo-Grant Township Public Library

300 S. Wayne Street; Waterloo, IN 46793

Phone: 260-837-4491


YWCA Domestic Abuse Task Force

1610 Spy Run Ave.; Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Phone: 260-447-7233

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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