Parenting Resources

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Nationwide Resources

  • The CDC offers essential parenting education via video, articles, and skill practice games.
  • Autism Society of America: Chapters and additional support groups across Indiana for parents of children across the autism spectrum.
  • National Center for Fathering is a nonprofit organization that provides practical, research-based tools and resources to inspire and equip fathers to be actively engaged in their children's lives. Whether you are a new dad, granddad, divorced dad, step father, adoptive dad, or a father figure there is a resource for you.
  • Boys Town provides free online parents guides on topics such as behavioral disorders, potty training, bullying, teen dating, holiday survival, communication skills and much more. 
  • Cigna's Veteran Support Line will help all veterans, their families and caregivers with services and resources for parenting, child care and more. Services are provided whether or not the veteran is a Cigna customer. Call 1-855-244-6211 for more information.

Area-Specific Resources

  • IU Bloomington

    IU Working Moms' Group: Organized entirely by IU Bloomington staff members, the affinity group provides a community for female employees who are maintaining a career alongside their parenting responsibilities.  The group meets for lunch, once a month, at various locations around campus.  Moms with children of all ages, from newborns to adults, are welcome. To join, email Amanda Peterson at amkhoffm@indiana.edu or like the Facebook group page. The Facebook group is a great resource for trading baby clothes, sharing day care openings, and other parenting tips or concerns.

    The Villages Healthy Families program provides support and encouragement to help new parents champion their families.

    Prenatal Yoga supports emotional resilience, offers resources for labor preparation, and introduces relaxation techiniques for expectant mothers.

    Dads Inc. provides support and education for fathers in order to develop healthy relationships and positive engagement in the lives of their children.

    City of Bloomington Community and Family Resource Quick Reference Guide

    Schedule a free Car Seat Safety Check at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

  • IUPUI

    IUPUI Mothers' Support Group: Hosted by the IUPUI Office for Women, IUPUI Mothers' Support Group provides a caring and supportive environment for IUPUI mom students, staff and faculty to discuss topics on parenting tips, breastfeeding, child safety and more. To join the group, visit and like the group's private Facebook page.

    Parenting Education resources and support groups in central Indiana.  

    The Villages Healthy Families program provides support and encouragement to help new parents champion their families.

    Children's Bureau, Inc. provides an array of services to help families overcome various challenges.

    Fathers & Families Center assists fathers in achieving self-sufficiency and strengthening families to improve the life chances of children.

  • IU East

    Families United for Support and Encouragement provides information, resources, and support to Indiana families raising children with special needs, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and development disabilities.

    Centerstone provides a range of supportive services to families struggling to care for a child who has serious emotional or behavioral concerns. 

    Children's Bureau provide services that are tailored to meet each individual family's needs and may include case management, advocacy, parent education, and referrals to community resources.

    New Hope Services Child Advocacy and Parental Support (CAPS) is a voluntary home-based case management service free to families with children 0-17 years. The program provides short-term, goal oriented services to help families meet their maximum self-sufficiency potential.

  • IU Kokomo

    Parenting Education resources and support groups in central Indiana.  

    Family Service Association of Howard County promotes healthy families and empowers vulnerable individuals and families through education, prevention, and crisis intervention programs.

    Family Voices Indiana provides information, training, and one-on-one support to families of children and youth with special health care needs.

    Autism Resource Center of Kokomo provides support and resources for families with children on the autism spectrum.

  • IU Northwest

    Center for Possibilities offers programming that improves the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.

    Indiana Parenting Institute serves families with children ages birth to eighteen years seeking to improve, or strengthen, their family bond, and to realize their full potential.

    Mental Health of Northwest Indiana Parenting Services

    Parents as Teachers is a home visiting program used to deliver the latest development-centered parenting to promote children's readiness for school and set children on the path for school and life success. Contact Vickie at (219) 736-4955, ext. 118 or email at info@mhalakecounty.org

    Parents' Village is an online community offering articles and videos on the latest early childhood developmental research and parenting practices.  Contact Michelle at (219) 228-2572 or email at msmith@mhalakecounty.org for more information.

  • IU South Bend

    Indiana Parenting Institute of St. Joseph County is a family services organization that serves families with children ages birth to eighteen years that are seeking to improve, or strengthen, their family bond and to realize their full potential.

    Family & Children's Center is dedicated to strengthening the holistic health of families through Healthy Families, Brain Train, and parenting programs.

    Child and Parent Services helps parents acquire skills to raise happy, healthy children who are compassionate, cooperative, and responsible.

  • IU Southeast

    Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services offer support groups for families desiring input and assistance with child rearing questions and situations.

    New Hope Services' Healthy Families is a voluntary and confidential home-based service to support new and expectant parents. The Child Advocacy and Parental Support program connects families with resources and provides short-term, goal-oriented services to help families meet their maximum self-sufficiency potential.

    New Hope Services Directory of Resource Services for Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington counties.

  • IUPUC

    Children's Bureau offers an array of human services to Indiana children and their families. 

    Family Services' Comprehensive Family Life Education program provides research-based educational curriculum in a safe classroom setting.

    Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center collaborate with community resources to offer a wide array of programs and activities that address seven priority needs (safety, infrastructure, health, education, positive youth development, parent-child interaction and parent support).

    Family Service, Inc. offers the Comprehensive Family Education (FLE) program that provides families with information and coping strategies when they are experiencing problems with parenting, going through divorce, or with anger issues in the home, school or workplace. Call (812) 372-3745 for more information.

  • IU Fort Wayne

    Turnstone provides a comprehensive continum of supportive services addressing the unique needs of people with disabilities and their families. Sevices include a parent enrichment program and caregiver and parent support groups.

    SCAN provides services that prepares parents and strengthen families.

    Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana offers Family Support Services and Parent Cafes which are fun, free, and supportive parent-led gatherings where parents can talk openly with one another about the challenges of parenting and ways to strengthen their families.