From our President & CEO
All the signs are there: children returning to school, leaves are changing, crops are drying and there’s a chill in the air. Fall is upon us.

This change points us toward the harsher realities of winter; maybe that’s why this change of season seems to always be a surprise. But change is always happening, all the time and to everyone. Changes in our lives can be difficult, challenging, and sometimes, scary.

Life’s changes for our clients are often just that ---scary---and that’s why they walk through our door, reaching for help.

Our agency has been helping people adjust to life’s changes in a positive way for over 40 years. And we will continue to offer those services to help guide people in need through life's changes.

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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