One-on-One Support for Families

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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 programs can provide creative and inspiring one-on-one education,  advice, and personal/emotional support tailored to your family’s needs.

Whether you’re pregnant, have a brand new baby at home, are in need of 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 care! Please look for the program(s) that might best fit your family according to the age of your children (see 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 is free to eligible women who are less than 28 weeks pregnant. Your personal nurse will meet with you through your child’s second birthday giving you encouragement and support as you navigate the challenges of being a new mom.   Your nurse will lend guidance and information on pregnancy health, child health and development, breastfeeding support and much more.

Phone: (406) 240-3759

A Missoula Healthy Families 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, labor and delivery preparation, and parenting concerns such as infant health and 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, who are income eligible. The focus of this program is on child development, health and wellness, parent education, help with community resources, and parent-child interaction. Visits are weekly and usually last 1.5 hours. The program can individualize if there are challenges to meet in the home.  Parents/guardians are invited to come together two times per month at Missoula Early Head Start for Group Socialization, to play with their children, interact with other families, discuss child development and share a meal or snack. MEHS is committed to serving families and children with disabilities.

Phone: (406) 251-9410 ext. 323

Watson Children’s Shelter

The Healthy Families Program provides family supports and services designed to help parents of newborns get their children off to a healthy start. Enrollment must occur prenatally or within 3 months of birth. This program is free and completely voluntary. Note: This program is not currently running, but will be soon! They will begin taking applications or referrals for this program in March 2018.

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

Missoula Healthy Families 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, labor and delivery preparation, and parenting concerns such as infant health and 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 Home-Based Services program is designed for families with children 0-3 years old, who are income eligible. The focus of this program is on child development, health and wellness, parent education, help with community resources, and parent-child interaction. Visits are weekly and usually last 1.5 hours. The program can individualize if there are challenges to meet in the home.  Parents/guardians are invited to come together two times per month at Missoula Early Head Start for Group Socialization, to play with their children, interact with other families, discuss child development and share a meal or snack. MEHS is committed to serving families and children with disabilities.

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

 

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

Missoula City-County Health Department

Missoula Healthy Families 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, labor and delivery preparation, and parenting concerns such as infant health and safety, sleeping, eating, childcare, and more. Every family is eligible for this program regardless of income.

Phone: (406) 258-4298

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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Do you have a child with suspected disabilities or delays? Do you have a child with unmet mental health or behavior needs? Has your family been experiencing upheaval or transition lately? You may be able to enroll in one of the following programs:

Child Development Center

The Early Intervention program could benefit your family if you think your infant or toddler might be showing delays in development, or if s/he has a developmental disability. Family Support Specialists provide coaching, resources and strategies to help you help your child learn important skills typically gained in the first three years of life. The Child Development Center partners with Montana’s Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) to provide Family Education & Support free of charge.

Phone: (406) 549-6413

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, resources and strategies 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

The Autism Services program could benefit your family if you your child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If you suspect autism, the Child Development Center can help you seek a diagnosis. Family Support Specialists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts will partner with you to develop a custom program for your child through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), an evidence-based teaching science used to increase skills and reduce challenging behaviors. With a strong support team, kids with ASD have the opportunity to build positive relationships, become more independent, and lead healthy, happy lives. The Child Development Center accepts insurances that cover ABA therapy.

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 increasing reflective capacity, increasing the security of attachment among parent and child, and helping develop better relationships with a decrease of relationship ruptures. Visits happen 1-2 times a week and last for as long as the client and the clinician finds useful.

Phone: (406) 240-3732

Youth Dynamics

The Caregiver Support and Education program provides care managers who can meet with caregivers on a regular basis and listen to their concerns and struggles. Care managers can work with parents to troubleshoot difficult behaviors and help them to build skills to utilize while brainstorming new behavioral interventions. At the same time, care managers can work with children to help them build coping skills to thrive in their home and community. Families also have the option to enroll in their Common Sense Parenting course and get extra support from a care manager in practicing their new parenting skills.

Phone: (406) 728-9672

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