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Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions for you...

How is Children First funded? 

How is Children First funded? We have a variety of funding sources: United Way, state contract, grants from foundations and organizations that believe the program can make a lasting impact on family dynamics, along with a variety of local fund raising events such as Kiwanis Holiday Loaf.


How do I get in touch with someone if I need help? 

Call our office at 260.925.3865.


What is Healthy Families?

Through home visits it is a way to receive positive support, community resource information, parent/child interaction activities and the latest in child development information.


How much does Healthy Families or the HOME program cost?

There is no cost to families. Our expenses are covered by grants, donations and other sources of funding.


What is the H.O.M.E. program?

H.O.M.E. program staff work with parents and children who are involved with the Department of Child Services. The goal is to enhance their parenting skills or to conquer other challenges in order to preserve the family unit.


What is involved in family reunification services?

Family Support Workers supervise visits with parents and their children. At the completion of a visit, the Family Support Worker will spend time with the client during a ‘parenting piece’. The Family Support Worker and client will discuss parenting tips and practice these tips at the next supervised visitation.


What is involved in family preservation services?

A Family Support Worker will visit your home one time a week or more often as requested by the Department of Child Services. During this home visit, the Family Support Worker will support and assist you in meeting your goals. A Family Support Worker can provide instruction in parenting skills, home management skills, budgeting skills, job seeking skills, connecting clients to community resources, etc. depending on your goals.


How long is a home visit?

A home visit lasts approximately two hours.


What is The Network for Safe Families Program?

The Network for Safe Families Program is voluntary and short-term (up to four months). The Family Support Worker offers homebased case management services along with client support, information and referral services. Home visit intensity varies depending on client need.


How is Parenting Education taught?

A Family Support Worker may provide parenting videos and written parenting information to share with the client. A Family Support Worker will also provide parenting education through discussions and role modeling.


What is Shaken Baby Training?

This program seeks to protect infants and young children from Shaken Baby Syndrome by educating adults and youth about the risk factors and situations that can trigger it. Trainings include child development information, importance of realistic and appropriate expectation, strategies to comfort a crying baby and ideas to cope with crying.

Below are Children First Center Consent for Participation, Rights & Responsibilities and Privacy Practice forms.  Children First Center reserves the right to change this notice.  We reserve the right to make the revised or changed notice effective for medical information we already have about you as well as any information we receive in the future.  We will post a copy of the current notice in each of our facilities and on the Children First Center website.  Each time you register at Children First Center for services, we will offer you a copy of the current notice in effect.


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