One on One Support for Families

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You support your family, let us support you!

Every parent could use support and guidance from someone trained and trusted who understands the challenges of parenthood. Several programs in Missoula offer one-on-one support to families. These individualized programs, also called home visiting, can provide creative and inspiring one-on-one education,  advising, and personal and emotional support tailored to you and to your families needs.

Whether you have a brand new baby at home, need ideas for dealing with a behavior issue, want help setting education or career goals, or even just need someone to talk to, one of these programs could work for you!

A trained educator can meet with you in your home or in another place where you feel most comfortable. Don’t worry if your house is messy – they won’t judge! Please look for the programs that might fit your family best according to the age of your child below.

Note: Some programs have income-based requirements, which are indicated by an asterisk (**).


Are you pregnant or do you have an infant (ages 0-1 years)? You may be able to enroll in one of the following programs:

Missoula City-County Health Department

The Nurse-Family Partnership program is a voluntary, no-cost program for first-time, income-eligible mothers living in Missoula County who are less than 28 weeks pregnant. Your nurse will meet with you every other week for one hour until your child’s second birthday. They will have information to share about each stage of your pregnancy, the birth experience, and the development of your child.

Phone: (406) 420-3759

A Maternal Child Health home visitor can meet you and your family in your home or a place of your choosing. The home visitor identifies your family’s concerns, challenges, barriers, strengths, and goals. The home visiting team consists of nurses, social workers, and nutritionists who provide information and referrals on a wide variety of subjects, such as healthy pregnancy education, nutrition, breastfeeding preparation, labor and delivery preparation, and parenting concerns such as home safety, sleeping, eating, childcare, and more. Every family is eligible for this program regardless of income.

Phone: (406) 258-4298

Missoula Early Head Start

The Prenatal Services program is designed to offer as-needed weekly home visits on health, wellness & nutrition and one monthly group session at the Missoula Early Head Start center for pregnant mothers. Families with newborns may then transition into the Home-Based Services option (see below).

Phone: (406) 251-9410 ext. 323

The Home-Based Services program is designed for families with children 0-3 years old with low income and who have the ability to spend time at home with their child. The focus of this program is on child development and parent-child interaction through weekly home visits. Parents/guardians also come together two times per month at Missoula Early Head Start for a Parent-Child Interaction group to play with their children, discuss child development and share a meal.

Phone: (406) 251-9410 ext. 323

Watson Children’s Shelter

You can enroll in the Healthy Families Program if you are pregnant or have an infant under 3 months of age. The program follows a national evidenced-based model designed to help you get your newborn off to a healthy start and to help your family overcome the challenges you may come across.

Phone: (406) 549-0058

Women’s Opportunity and Resource Development (WORD), Inc.

The “Parents as Teachers” program is a free program for expectant families and families with children up to kindergarten entry. The goal of the program is that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential. Home visits are usually biweekly, lasting approximately one hour. Each visit includes a parent/child fun activity that encourages your child’s learning. Parent Educators share research-based information with you and your family, can help you connect to community resources, and will monitor and record your child’s achievements.

Phone: (406) 546-0724

 

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Do you have a toddler or a preschool-aged child (ages 1-5 years)? You may be able to enroll in one of the following programs:

Missoula City-County Health Department

A Maternal Child Health home visitor can meet you and your family in your home or a place of your choosing. The home visitor identifies your family’s concerns, challenges, barriers, strengths, and goals. The home visiting team consists of nurses, social workers, and nutritionists who provide information and referrals on a wide variety of subjects, such as growth and development, health, home safety and parenting concerns such as sleeping, eating, childcare, behavior management and family relationships. Every family is eligible for this program regardless of income.

Phone: (406) 258-4298

Missoula Early Head Start

The Home-Based Services program is designed for families with children 0-3 years old with low income and who have the ability to spend time at home with their child. The focus of this program is on child development and parent-child interaction through weekly home visits. Parents/guardians also come together two times per month at Missoula Early Head Start for a Parent-Child Interaction group to play with their children, discuss child development and share a meal.

Phone: (406) 251-9410 ext. 323

The Parenting Place

 The Parent Aide Program is a free program works with families under the belief that everyone in the family is equally important and equally responsible for change. They will help you identify your strengths and build on them, offer positive parenting techniques and help with applying these strategies in your daily life, provide referrals to community resources, and help you create a safe and nurturing environment for your child(ren). They offer weekly visits with no time limitations. In order to be eligible for the program, you must have at least one child under the age of 12.

Phone: (406)728-KIDS

Women’s Opportunity and Resource Development (WORD), Inc.

The “Parents as Teachers” program is a free program for expectant families and families with children up to kindergarten entry. The goal of the program is that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential. Home visits are usually biweekly, lasting approximately one hour. Each visit includes a parent/child fun activity that encourages your child’s learning. Parent Educators share research-based information with you and your family, can help you connect to community resources, and will monitor and record your child’s achievements.

Phone: (406) 546-0724

 

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Do you have a school-aged child (up to age 18)? You may be able to enroll in one of the following programs:

The Parenting Place

 The Parent Aide Program is a free program works with families under the belief that everyone in the family is equally important and equally responsible for change. They will help you identify your strengths and build on them, offer positive parenting techniques and help with applying these strategies in your daily life, provide referrals to community resources, and help you create a safe and nurturing environment for your child(ren). They offer weekly visits with no time limitations. In order to be eligible for the program, you must have at least one child under the age of 12.

Phone: (406)728-KIDS

 

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Does your child have a suspected disability or delay? Does your child have any unmet mental health or behavioral health needs? Has your family been experiencing a lot of upheaval or transition lately? You may be able to enroll in one of the following programs:

Child Development Center

The Family Education and Support program could benefit your family if you think your child might be showing delays in development, or if s/he has a developmental disability. All children need support to be as healthy, happy, productive and independent as they can be.  Kids with developmental delays and disabilities are no exception. Family Support Specialists provide coaching, information, strategies, and resources to strengthen the whole family for the good of the child. The Child Development Center partners with Montana’s Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) to provide Family Education & Support free of charge.

Phone: (406) 549-6413

Consumer Direct Care Network Montana

The Behavioral Health In-Home Support Services program is for families with children 0-18 with suspected mental health needs or developmental differences. Their In-home support teams include a masters level child and family therapist, a case manager, and a one-on-one support specialist who will work directly with your child. They do individualized, family-focused treatment, have intensive “wraparound” services, and they build individualized plans of care that are designed by you and your family based on your strengths.  They accept payment from Healthy Montana Kids (Medicaid and CHIP), most private insurance, and private pay. They also offer a sliding fee schedule for clients who qualify. Qualified mental health services will not be denied based on inability to pay.

Phone: (866) 438-8591

Evolution Services

The Circle of Security program is for families with children 0-18 who are experiencing upheaval or transition. A licensed clinician will assist parents and families in addressing dysfunctional family dynamics and increase coping skills, communication, and family cohesion.

Phone: (406) 240-3732

Youth Dynamics

The Caregiver Support and Education program is for families with children ages 0-17 years with unmet mental health or behavioral health needs. Their care managers can meet with caregivers on a regular basis and listen to their concerns and struggles. Care managers can work with you to troubleshoot difficult behaviors and help you build skills to utilize while brainstorming new behavioral interventions. At the same time, care managers can work with your children to help them build coping skills to thrive in their home and community. You also have the option to enroll in their Common Sense Parenting course and get extra support from a care manager in practicing your new parenting skills.

Phone: (406) 728-9672

 

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