From our President & CEO
Summer is here and although it has been a bit wet, that didn't get in the way of our 2nd Annual Chalk the Walk event.

The day was beautiful but couldn't compete with the beauty of the colorful chalk artwork that appeared on the Porter County Courthouse Square.

Children especially enjoyed the day getting their faces painted, listening to story tellers and delighting in yummy ice cream.

Thank you to all the participants and visitors that made the family-fun-filled day such a huge success. See you all again next year!

Lisa Jordan President & CEO
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An Established Parenting and Family Enrichment Program
In the summer of 2010, The Family & Youth Services Bureau’s Clinical Services Department began offering the nationally developed and recognized Strengthening Families Program to the residents of Porter County.
This September will mark the 12th time the program has been offered by the FYSB and has helped youth and parents in our area improve their relationship and strengthen their family.
“It is often difficult for an individual or a family to change behavior,” says Clinical Services Director Nancy VanVolkenburgh, “We observe the families going through so many changes over the 14-week program and it is rewarding to see them acknowledge the positive changes and give testimonials to the whole group about how their family life has improved.”
Families are eligible for the program if there are teens in the family between the ages of 12-16 and there is a desire to improve relationships while preventing behavioral problems. Typically between 6 to 10 families are part of the program each 14-week session.
Topics addressed include family strengths, developing positive rewards, behavior problems, substance abuse concerns, communication skills, and discussing peer pressure issues. 

All weekly sessions of this program begin at 5:30 pm with a hot meal. Each family sits together at a table where counselors encourage the family to talk with each other about their day.

For more information about the

Strengthening Families Program, contact

Nancy VanVolkenburgh at

219-464-9585 or

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read an inspiring news article about
the Strengthening Families  program
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Our featured program: Strengthening Families
The Strengthening Families Program was developed more than 30 years ago and has helped thousands of parents and youth throughout the country.
It has been evaluated many times by independent researchers with very positive results in reducing substance abuse and delinquency risk factors by improving family relationships.
Outcomes include increased family strengths and resilience, and reduced risk factors for problem behaviors in high risk children, including behavioral problems, emotional, academic and social problems.
The program builds on protective factors by improving family relationships, parenting skills, and improving the youth's social and life skills.
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