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Family Support


Child Saving Institute’s Parenting Program

Child Saving Institute, Inc.

The Teen and Young Parent Program (TYPP) at Child Saving Institute (CSI) serves young parents by addressing parenting and child development issues along with responding to poverty-related challenges such as utilities, housing, and employment. TYPP is an early childhood prevention program providing new parents under the age of 25 with the knowledge and skills needed to help their children grow-up in a safe, nurturing environment. Services are offered in the home on a voluntary basis and include: parent education; modeling and coaching; and support on topics related to pregnancy, childbirth, attachment/bonding and child development. Parent education includes the evidenced-based, relationship-focused curriculum, Growing Great Kids and Growing Great Families. These curricula provide topic specific, hands-on activities that assist the young parents to learn crucial parenting strategies. Other support services include parenting workshops offered on a monthly bases and are open to all parents/caregivers. TYPP integrates numerous basic need topics and services into in-home and workshop services including: financial stability; early childhood and pre-literacy; utility assistance; transportation; and sustainability planning to promote future success.

Boys Town of Iowa’s In-Home Family Services

Father Flanagan’s Boys Home

Boys Town (BT) In Home Family Services (IHFS) and FAMILY INC work to empower youth and families in their community to reduce the impact of poverty and achieve economic stability by focusing on the area of crisis intervention, specifically what can be done to prevent crisis from occurring. IHFS focuses on personal and family safety as well as basic needs while ensuring youth and families have access to healthcare. Personal and family safety is addressed as BT IHFS Consultants are trained to preventively assess the safety and well-being of family members and employ interventions that mitigate safety concerns.

Community Education

Heartland Family Service

Community Education services at Heartland Family Service provide classes intended to prevent or reduce the impact of criminal behavior and child abuse, resulting in a safer and stronger community. The purpose of the program is to diminish or eliminate physical and emotional abuse and neglect of children by providing support, education and guidance to parents. Through PPG’s proven and effective parent education programming, socially and economically challenged families are engaged in improving their parenting skills and creating stronger families. Classes are offered in English, Spanish and Karen/Burmese.

Centers for Healthy Families

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska provides prevention and early intervention services at the Centers for Healthy Families in North Omaha and Council Bluffs. The Centers provide holistic parenting education and wellness programs for at-risk and highly-stressed parents and caregivers of children under age five. The Centers’ ultimate goal is breaking cycles of poverty, child abuse and neglect by guiding families to self-sufficiency, and empowering parents to provide for the overall health and well-being of their prenatal to preschool-age children. Center programs teach parents the skills they need to create healthy, safe and nurturing environments for their children. Services provided at the Centers include parenting classes, trauma and support groups and parent-child interactive groups. Classes increase caregivers’ knowledge of parenting and child development, equip parents with practical parenting skills, help caregivers understand and cope with the effects of trauma, and build informal social supports. Clients work with program staff on establishing individual goal plans for their family. Center services connect clients to a network of supports to meet immediate needs through referrals and informal support. Additionally, families earn points through the Centers’ incentive program for participating in activities that increase child and family health, family safety and self-sufficiency. These points can be redeemed for needed children’s items like diapers, car seats and seasonal clothing at the Centers’ boutiques. Incentives reinforce healthy parenting behaviors and relieve financial strain for families in poverty.

Home Visitation – Healthy Families America®

Nebraska Children’s Home Society

NCHS Healthy Families America® (HFA®) home visitation services provide voluntary (non-court ordered) services specifically targeted to low-income mothers and fathers who are pregnant or parenting using a two-generation, holistic services approach, which includes one-on-one support, parent education, and wrap-around components including mental health services, parent education, and academic support to improve health and development outcomes for at-risk families and children. The program focuses on improving maternal and infant health and development, reducing child abuse/neglect, improving socio-economic status and improving parent-child relationships. Family functioning is enhanced by establishing trusting, nurturing relationships, improving the family’s support system and teaching effective problem-solving skills.

Maternal and Infant Home Health Care

Visiting Nurse Association


VNA’s Maternal and Infant Home Health Care (MIHHC) program serves at risk families living in poverty with a primary focus on physical health. Because of its impact on physical health, VNA also takes a holistic approach to address behavioral health. The program provides nursing, social work and supportive services to enhance health and quality of life for low income women, children and families in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties. VNA’s MIHHC program includes the physician-directed nurse home visit program, the shelter nursing program, and lactation consultants who provide breastfeeding assessment, support and education using a home visitation model as well as nurse training and consultation. Nurses provide physician- directed home visits to women experiencing high-risk pregnancy, to mothers and infants soon after birth to evaluate health status and review infant care and safety, and to children after acute illness or injury. Nurses and social workers assist families in accessing community resources and advocate with families when mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and child safety issues arise. These MIHHC programs often make referrals to connect clients with VNA’s Maternal Child Community Home Visitation (MCCHV) program for more intensive, on-going services that not only address basic needs, but also promote self-sufficiency and the classroom and workforce readiness of children and parents.

Maternal Child Community Home Visitation

Visiting Nurse Association

The Maternal Child Community Home Visitation (MCCHV) program focuses on on Family Support for at risk families living in poverty. Skilled nurses, parent coaches/family support workers, and social workers deliver intensive, home visitation services to vulnerable parents to promote a healthy pregnancy, become knowledgeable and responsible parents, and provide their babies with the best possible start. Relationships developed between mothers/caregivers and VNA professionals provide a foundation for strong families and offer long-term solutions to improved birth outcomes; school readiness; academic achievement; maternal employment; self-sufficiency; and reductions in child abuse and neglect, early childhood injuries, mental health problems, and crime.

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