Parenting

24/7 Dads is a free 12-week group designed to help with the challenges of fatherhood. The program, which is put on by Children & Families of Iowa (CFI), focuses on fathers becoming more involved in their child’s life, learning good fathering practices, improving communication with children and other family members and respectful co-parenting. For more information on program dates, please contact Denise Herrington, 24/7 Dads Coordinator, at 515.573.2193 or deniseh@cfiowa.org.

515.573.2193

111 Ave O West, Fort Dodge

If you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected, call the Abuse Hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please be ready to provide identifying information and the whereabouts of the child. You may remain anonymous.

800.362.2178
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Family Foundations is a family support service available to all pregnant women and families with children up to age five in Calhoun, Pocahontas and Webster Counties. This is a free service provided by the Webster County Health Department. Nurses and family support workers can come to your home or an alternate location and provide information on pregnancy, new baby, toddler growth & development, family life skills and help you find available resources based on your family’s needs.

515.573.4107

Webster County Health Department, 723 1st Ave S., Suite 220, Fort Dodge

Krueger Counseling Center is an outpatient mental health center providing individual, family, conjoint and group counseling, as well as in-home counseling and CRISIS Interventions. Krueger Counseling Center is a subsidiary of Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa (YSC).

515.955.4834

301 Ave M West, Fort Dodge

Linking Families and Communities is devoted to empowering parents in raising happy, healthy children by providing families with educational, economic and health support by coordinating services with community resources. Linking Families and Communities provides information, referral and support to families.

515.955.5437

822 Central Ave, Ste 340, Fort Dodge

MomTalk provides parent education and support for mothers raising children ages infant to 12 years. MomTalk addresses many issues facing families today including healthy lifestyle, self-sufficiency and improving family interactions. MomTalk is a program sponsored by Lutheran Family Service. For more information on program dates, please contact Janel Lincoln, MomTalk group leader, at 515.573.3138 or janellincoln@yahoo.com.

515.573.3138

Lutheran Family Resource Center, 230 9th Ave N, Fort Dodge

Prairie Lakes AEA is one of nine Area Education Agencies created in 1974 by the Iowa legislature to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children from birth through age 21. Support to local schools is provided through three service areas: Educational Services, Information & Technology and Special Education. Prairie Lakes AEA supports educators, parents, and the communities we serve as we work together toward one ultimate goal–to improve student learning. Our region stretches over 14 counties including 40 public and 11 accredited nonpublic schools.

515.574.5500
800.669.2325

1235 5th Ave S, Fort Dodge

www.plaea.org

The Strengthening Families Program is for all parents and youth in 6th grade for the Fort Dodge community schools and is put on by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach – Webster County. This is a fun and effective prevention program aimed to reduce youth problem behaviors, involves parent and middle school youth to enhance parenting skills and strengthen families. Voluntary enrollment. Fall and winter sessions.

515.576.2119

217 S 25th St, Ste C12, Fort Dodge

Provides comprehensive pregnancy prevention programs including curriculum based sex education in schools grades 6-12, teen parent support group, youth and parent community awareness events, activities and presentations. Also increases adolescents’ access to family planning services. TIPP is a program managed by the Webster County Health Department.

515.573.4107

Webster County Health Department, 723 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge

As one of 18 Community Action Agencies in Iowa, Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. (UDMO) works in conjunction with general relief offices to provide emergency assistance programs and services to low income residents in need.

515.576.7774

113 S 10th St, Fort Dodge

www.udmo.com

Provides public health programs, home health services, nursing care, health counseling and immunizations and vaccinations. Additional services also include screenings, CPR/First Aid classes, nutrition programs, environmental health services, senior health, adolescent mental health, communicable diseases, maternal health, child health, developmental screenings, Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and a child care nurse consultant program. Other programs managed by the Webster County Health Department include: Family Foundations, Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawk-i), I-Smile Dental Health, Prescriptions for Kids, Teen Information Pregnancy Prevention Program (TIPP), Tobacco/Smoking Cessation Program, Webster County Family Planning Clinic and the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program.

Call the Health Department with questions Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. An on-call nurse is also available 24/7 for questions/concerns.

515.573.4107

723 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge

WIC is the nation’s public health nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under 5 years old. WIC is designed to designed to strengthen families by influencing lifetime nutrition and healthy behaviors in a specific high-risk population and provides nutrition counseling and education, breastfeeding promotion and support, checks to buy nutritious foods, immunizations and dental health screenings. This program is managed locally by the Webster County Health Department.

515.574.3802
800.510.7756

Webster County Health Department, 723 1st Ave S, Suite 220, Fort Dodge

The agency provides home-based services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers and center-based preschool services for 3 and 4 year olds. Services address health, nutrition and language development; social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. Programs support school readiness and family well-being. In providing services, Y.O.U.R., Inc. relies on additional community resource agencies to assist families in moving toward self-sufficiency and to help children reach their full potential. Sensory and development screenings are completed with each child and research-based ongoing assessment tracks their progress.

515.573.2453 ext. 202 Fax: 515.573.2382
888.484.1039

214 S 13th St, Fort Dodge

The YWCA Center for Life Empowerment operates a residential treatment facility for women with alcohol and substance abuse issues and also offers a homeless shelter and transitional housing services for women and children. Clients may have their children with them in the facility. Support services are also provided for those living in the facility, including parenting programs for young mothers and children’s programs. Intensive outpatient and extended outpatient substance abuse programs for women and men are also offered.

515.573.3931

826 1st Ave N, Fort Dodge