Iowa Family Support Credential from the State of Iowa is Awarded to Webster County Public Health’s Family Foundations Program

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Linking Families and Communities provides funding in Calhoun, Pocahontas and Webster County for the Family Foundations program. Webster County Public Health delivers the Family Foundations programs in Webster County and recently received the Iowa Family Support Credential from the State of Iowa.

“We are proud to have achieved the Iowa Family Support Credential for our program and community.” Tricia Nichols, Webster County Public Health. Tricia continues, “We appreciate the support of our community partners.”

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The Family Foundations program delivers in-home visits to families with young children to provide support and education. In the counties of Calhoun, Pocahontas and Webster, Linking Families and Communities affords the necessary funding for these services. The agencies of Calhoun County Public Health, Pocahontas Home Care Aide Agency and Webster County Public Health deliver these services in their respective counties. Calhoun County Public Health and Pocahontas Home Care Aide Agency earned the Iowa Family Support Credential in 2010 and 2011 and are currently in the process of re-credentialing. Webster County Public Health joins these agencies with their recent award.

“Family Foundations is helping parents understand their role and equipping them with skills that are needed to ensure their child is healthy and successful.” Anne Plagge, Iowa Department of Public Health.

The Iowa Family Support Credential is valid for five years. The program standards are based on the most up to date, evidence based practice in the family support field. Adherence to the standards indicates that the program is providing high quality services that will result in positive outcomes for young children and their families.

“We are proud to have achieved the Iowa Family Support Credential for our program and community.” Tricia Nichols, Webster County Public Health. Tricia continues, “We appreciate the support of our community partners.”

With the attainment of the Iowa Family Support Credential by Webster County Public Health, 100% of the parent education and family support programs supported by Linking Families and Communities have earned the credential.

“The Family Foundations program’s work in supporting families in raising young children and building a strong foundation for school and life is what needs to be done in order to build a bright future for our community. They are to be congratulated.” Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director of Linking Families and Communities.

Linking Families and Communities also funds a group based parent education program that has earned the Iowa Family Support Credentials called Positive Solutions for Families, which is provided by Children and Families of Iowa.

Linking Families and Communities is located at 822 Central Avenue, Suite 340, Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Additional information is available by calling 515-955-5437 or visiting the website at http://www.linking-families.com/.

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