Family Support Services
Family connections are critical to the health and success of children and teens. But for many of the people we serve, it can be difficult to form these connections. Even with the best of intentions, family members may struggle to listen, communicate, and support one another in a positive manner. These skills are key to building healthy families, but they don’t always come naturally.
We offer a range of family support services to help strengthen these bonds, and to ensure a bright future for parents and children alike by providing education, counseling, and other resources. Through these services, we hope to help build connections that will last a lifetime.
At Children’s Village childcare center, we believe kids grow and learn through play, fueling their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills development. And as a program of The Villages, Children’s Village shares our commitment to supporting families by creating environments in which kids have the resources they need in order to thrive.
We work with partners like Lilly Endowment and United Way of Central Indiana to identify emerging needs in our communities and find new ways to meet them. These services help provide counseling and therapy, homemaker and parent aid, care and treatment planning and review, and many other necessary services to support families.
Dads Inc. helps support fathers by creating opportunities that strengthen the bond between fathers and their children, encouraging more positive relationships. We offer programs and events that are activity-based and constantly changing, each with an education component that provides creative, fun, and unique opportunities for dads and kids to spend quality time together.
Our Healthy Families program helps parents and children grow together by building confidence, reducing stress, and maximizing the joy of parenthood. We know that parenting is the most difficult and important job anyone can have. We also believe that parents need support and encouragement, and have the right to voice their own needs and determine what services and programs are best suited to help them.
Our Family Connection Network works to help empower kinship families so that they can achieve a stable, positive family experience. Since its inception in 2002, The Villages Family Connection Network has been funded by several community partners across the country to provide supportive services to kinship families. These collaborations have led to the creation of an array of services to support informal and formal kinship families.
The path to adulthood isn’t always clear for older teenagers in foster care. That’s why The Villages offers support and services that can help older youth transition into adulthood. This support can include things like helping them prepare for college, apply for jobs, find housing, and manage money. It also means helping them find resources to develop a solid foundation for adulthood, and teaching them the skills they need to maintain independence.
Prevent Child Abuse Indiana is a division of The Villages that works to stop child abuse and neglect, enhancing the quality of life for all kids. PCAI works with groups throughout the community and state to expand and disseminate information about child abuse prevention. It also turns that information into action through the development of sound child- and family-oriented policies, community-based prevention activities, public awareness, and educational initiatives.