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Family House works to strengthen the family unit in Porter County. We target families in crisis and families in which divorces are final. We minimize risks to children by keeping them safe while visiting non-custodials here at Family House instead of at a local gas station, McDonald’s, or not at all. Family House uses grant funds and donations to assist providing children the opportunity to visit with non-custodial parents and in providing a safe, nurturing environment.

We continue to offer a sliding scale scholarship opportunity to families in need of financial assistance to cover our services.

We have been able to update our tools for families, children, and staff. We have restructured how our rooms are set up and provided more guidance for meals, homework, and appropriate visits. We have continued to work to train staff and they have become more proficient and comfortable with appropriate intervention and assistance in the visits. We provide a supervised, guided (out of home) visit within a home setting. We even have an upstairs microwave and dining area so that families can be more comfortable during mealtime visits.

Family House has joined the Supervised Visitation Network, a nationwide professional organization that provides standards and experience in our field. Our membership will continue to provide ideas, guidance, and resources to continue the work that we do in the community and with our clients.

In 2014 we partnered with the Porter County Family Counseling Center to develop and provide a Therapeutic Supervised Visitation Program. This program is still available and affords some families access to free therapeutic visitation and counseling programs at Family House.

Impact and Outcomes for Porter County Residents at Family house in 2013-2014

Intended Result or Outcome Indicator Status as of 12/31/13 Status as of 6/30/14

Visiting parents will demonstrate improvement in appropriateness in basic parenting skills and responses.

95% of visiting parents will require decreased interventions from Family House staff during their parenting time.

85% of visiting parents required decreased interventions. *Note that of non-compliant some are new clients and 2 were asked to leave Family House due to non-compliance

90% of visiting parents required decreased interventions from the Family House staff during their parenting time.

Visiting parents will demonstrate improvement in their receptiveness and response to staff intervention in parenting skills.

95% of visiting parents demonstrate improved parental response to Family House staff interventions to parenting skills. (Less anger, passive aggressiveness, etc.)

85% of visiting parents demonstrated an improved response to our interventions, *Note of the non-compliant – some are new clients just starting and some are no longer visiting. Some were asked to leave.

87% of visiting parents demonstrated an improved response to our interventions.

Visiting parents will demonstrate an increase in awareness of child’s physical health by bringing healthy snack choices for visits.

95% of visiting parents will show decrease in number of unhealthy snacks and meals brought to visits.

75% bring healthy snacks and showed increased awareness in healthy snack choices.

*outliers include families that don’t have control – the custodial supplies the food.

66% of visiting parents bring/brought healthy snacks and showed increased awareness in healthy snack choices.

*Note: In this Jan-Jun14 30% had no control over this, as custodial provides the snacks/meals.

Other positive changes at the Family House:

  • We have and will continue to professionalize the Family House atmosphere.
  • We have stronger leadership and direction within the organization.We have added 5 new board members this year and retained others. The board continues to develop and grow into a wonderful working group that is diverse in their strengths and efforts to support the Family House.
  • We redeveloped board roles and responsibilities. We have a new governance committee and development committee. We look forward to what the next year will bring for the Family House!

Get Involved with Family House

Volunteer opportunities may be available; contact our office at (219) 464-4160 or email chrisk@family-houseinc.org

Both undergraduate and graduate internships are available and are very competitive, as limited positions are available. Please forward your resume and letter of interest to brandib@family-houseinc.org or chrisk@family-houseinc.org