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Healthy Families is a voluntary program based on the premise that parenting is the toughest job there is and all parents need support. A Family Support Specialist will provide information, referrals, and support to assist expecting or new parents in caring for their children. Visits are in the home and services may be offered such as: continuing home visits or assessment and referral services. Available to all expecting and new parents with children age birth to 3 years.

For more information, please contact Enda Jones
Phone: 765-662-9971 ext. 110
Email: ejones@famservices.com

What Can I Expect?

You may be offered assessments and referral services during your home visit with a Family Support Specialist.

Your Family Support Specialist Will Provide Practical Information On:

  • Recognizing your baby’s needs
  • Caring for your baby’s needs and still managing to take care of yourself!
  • What to expect as your baby grows
  • What to expect as your baby grows
  • Making your home “baby safe”
  • Encouraging normal development
  • Bonding, attachment and nurturing
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    Additional Information & Support on Issues Such As:

  • Community Services
  • Ways to continue your education
  • Employment
  • Effective discipline for your child
  • Limited transportation
  • Budgeting and Finances
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    40 Developmental Assets

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What are the 40 Developmental Assets?

    “The Developmental Assets® are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young peoples development, helping them become become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be effective and has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world. The framework has been adapted to be developmentally relevant from early childhood through adolescence” (Search Institute, 2013).

    Why are they important?
       
    As shown by the graph below, the fewer developmental assets a child or youth has, the more likely they are to exhibit high-risk behaviors.

    High-Risk-Behaviors

    Additionally, the graph below shows the display of more positive behaviors in children and youth who have a higher number of developmental assets. (Search Institute, 2013)

    40 Developmental Assets

    Learn More about the 40 Developmental Assets in Grant County in the sections below:

    • Youth Worker Cafe

      Youth Worker Café

      The Youth Worker Café is an opportunity for youth workers throughout Grant County to get together to discuss issues that are important to us all as well as a chance to connect and network with one another as we work together to meet the needs of young people in our community. Meetings take place once every quarter and topics vary based on current needs within the community. There are guest speakers, local organizations sharing what is going on in their world, and a lunch provided.

    • Mentoring

      Mentoring Opportunities

      Project Leadership – This organization is focused on enrolling eligible students in the 21st Century Scholars program and mentoring these students while they make their way towards high school graduation.  In 2009, 80% of eligible students were enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars and two years into starting the mentoring program in 2007, they had logged more than 3,700 weekly sessions and more than 3,500 hours with high school students at-risk of of high school dropout.  Click on the link above to find out more information about becoming a mentor or how to get your child involved in Project Leadership and the 21st Century Scholars program.

      Kids Hope – Kids Hope is an organization that connects churches and their members with students in a local school.  Each church involved is connected directly to one specific school.  Mentors involved in the program visit their student for one hour a week.  There are several churches in Grant County who are involved with Kids Hope and are connected to a local school.  Click Here for contact information for each of these churches and the schools they are partnered with to find out how you can get involved or connect your child with a mentor.

    • Supporters

      Thanks to our financial supporters who have all helped to make promoting and educating the community about the 40 Developmental Assets possible:

      Community Partners of Region 7

      Grant County Community Foundation

      Grant Coutny Drug & Alcohol Resource Team (DART)