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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 email@example.com.
Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) provides parenting workshops for those who are experiencing challenges with young children (0-8 years). The parenting workshops provide parents with methods and strategies to promote positive behavior. These classes are very helpful in learning how to best foster your child’s emotional and social skills and offer effective ways to develop and teach household rules, provide new methods to help your child follow directions and provide the importance of building relationships with your child.
Classes are held in Webster, Pocahontas and Calhoun County locations. For more information, class locations and dates, please contact Kelsey Casey at 515.573.2193. Each session includes six free classes (must attend all six classes). A light meal and childcare will also be provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.