Family Service Society, Inc. exists to encourage, empower, and educate children and families to change their lives for good.

Child Development

40 Developmental Assets:

  • Youth Worker’s Cafe-Time to meet, receive education, and collaborate with other youth workers in Grant County
  • For more information contact Lori Reaves or Click Here for the webpage
  • Like the 40 Developmental Asset Facebook Page

Grant County Early Childhood Coalition 

  • Community leaders, educators and health care providers gather together monthly to discuss how to benefit the young children of Grant County.
  • Meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Marion Public Library from 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • For more on this coalition visit their Facebook Page
  • For more information contact Alicia Hazlewood

Safety and Well Child Coalition 

  • The coalition purpose is to let parents of Grant County know they have the primary responsibility for the health and safety of their children.
  • The goals are:
    • Coordinate education and community in Grant County.
    • Develop appropriate educational programs for current health and safety issues.
    • Disseminate educational materials to parents.
    • Increase the health and safety of children.
  • Meetings are on the 1st Thursday of each month at the Marion General Hospital from 1:30 pm to 3:00pm
  • For more on this coalition visit their Facebook Page
  • For more information contact Amy Eberle at Amy.Eberle@mgh.net

Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention

Prevent Child Abuse Grant County Council:

  • The council meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 12pm to 1:00pm at the Marion Public Library
  • Annual PCA Kids Count Luncheon takes place each April
  • Visit the Council’s Website & Facebook Page for more information

First Light Child Advocacy Center:

  • First Light provides a unique approach to the investigation of cases of abuse and neglect of children in Grant County. The purpose of First Light Child Advocacy Center of Grant County is to provide a child friendly atmosphere for the investigation of allegations of abuse and neglect of children.
  • To learn more about this agency, visit their Website.

Maternal Substance Abuse Task Force

  • Recent reports indicate that the number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is 4.4 times higher at Marion General Hospital than the national average.
  • The Maternal Substance Abuse Task Force seeks to lower that number by bringing education, awareness, and intervention strategies to the community

Family Dependency Treatment Court (FDTC)

  • The Family Dependency Treatment Court (FDTC) program is a 12-24 month program for parents with substance abuse and addiction issues whose children have been found in need of services.
  • FDTC is a collaborative effort between Grant Superior Court 2, Prosecutor’s office, Public Defenders office, DCS, Treatment and other community support agencies to benefit CHINS families.
  • This program seeks to provide a variety of services with consistent supervision aimed toward supporting and helping participants maintain a drug-free lifestyle and provide safe and stable homes for their children.

Domestic Violence

Mayor’s Commission Against Domestic Violence (MCADV)

  • Began in 1989 as a community task force and elevated to Commission status in 1991
  • For more information contact Linda Wilk

Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA)

  • Mission Statement: “Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault (ICESA) empowers Indiana communities to prevent sexual assault and serve those impacted by it through comprehensive training, advocacy, increased public awareness and coordinated sexual assault services.”
  • For more information, visit the Website

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic VIolence (ICADV)

  • Mission Statement: “ICADV works for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence–until the violence ends.”
  • For more information, visit the Website

Community Development

Circles of Grant County

  • A community effort to permanently move families out of poverty and address the systemic barriers that perpetuate poverty in our community.
  • To learn more about Circles, visit the national Website or email circlesofgc@gmail.com.

Marion Community Gardens Association (MCGA)

  • The mission of the MCGA is to aid in the promotion, expansion, and communication of local community gardens and support education and sustainability initiatives within the community.
  • MCGA has developed from a program idea between Family Service Society, Inc. and Marion Public Library in 2010 to having 10 gardens total, with 8 of those being open to the community for plot rental.
  • For more information, please visit their Website or Facebook Page

The Magnificent Se7en

  • With leadership stemming from the Affordable Housing & Community Development Corporation, The Magnificent Se7en is a strategic partnership between the City of Marion, IN and Vectren Corporation.
  • This project seeks to revitalize economically-challenged neighborhoods within our community
  • The Magnificent Se7en project is focusing on the area ranging from 6th St. to 7th St. between Western Ave. to Adams St. and from 17th St. to 38th St. between Nebraska St. and Adams St.
  • For more information about this project, visit the Facebook Page

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program

  • Partnering with Marion Community Schools, FSSI provides presentations, publications and activities in the community to improve the understanding of the realities of homelessness.
  • For more information, please contact us at 765-662-9971