Strengthening Families

Winter/Spring 2020 Registration is Open

Session begins January 9, 2020

This program is offered at no charge, and includes a full hot dinner that begins each weekly session.  The whole family is included, and we provide a hot meal for the whole family and child care for those under 12 years of age.

Each weekly session is scheduled on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8 pm.  It is a 14-week program.

Families are eligible for the program if there are teens in the family between the ages of 12-17 and there is a desire to improve relationships while preventing behavioral problems. 


Strengthening Families is an established parenting and family enrichment program that has been offered by FYSB 22 times with positive results. It is conducted in accordance to an accredited, national model utilizing an evidence-based program. 

Some questions asked about the Strengthening Families program:

How will this program help a family?

Enrollment in the 14-week program enables the family to develop successful communication skills that can prevent behavior problems and promote healthy daily living. We address family strengths, developing positive rewards, behavior problems, substance abuse concerns, communication skills, and peer pressure issues.  We work with each family member to change behavior and work toward the successful growth and development of the family.
How many people are included in each session?
We typically work with 7 to 10 families in this program, and each family member attends to address issues and develop communication skills.  Space is limited so sign up early

When is it scheduled?

Sessions are held at the downtown Valparaiso office of the Family & Youth Services Bureau, 253 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.   Contact us at 219-464-9585 or for more information about the Strengthening Families Program.

Additional FYSB Programs 

ADD (Alcohol and Drug Defense)

Beyond The Influence Workshop Series


Court Appointed Special Advocates

Community Counseling

Healthy Families

Juvenile Detention Center Group Facilitation

Juvenile Justice Services

Parent Enrichment Classes

Co-parenting Classes

Mentoring Programs

Summer Day Camp

Teen Anger Management Group

The Tot Shop

SMART Recovery

Recovery Support Center

Family & Youth Services Bureau

253 W. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383                                                    219.464.9585