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Parenting Support

CAPS (Child and Parent Services)
  • Offers parenting education

  • Trained support workers make home visits

  • Provides services for supervised visitation 

1000 W. Hively Ave., Elkhart, 46517

(574) 295-2277

Elkhart General Center for Women and Children

  • Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • Childbirth classes

  • Breastfeeding services 

600 East Blvd, Elkhart, IN 46514

(574) 523-3444

Hotline and Spanish speaking available (888) 722-3678

Families First Center
  • Offers parent education

  • Provides services for supervised visitation

605 Portage Ave., South Bend, 46616

(574) 287-4375

The Gabriel Project
  • A trained mentor, one of the parish’s Gabriel Angels, is assigned responsibility for ongoing contact with the mother throughout her pregnancy.

(574) 286-2413

Gear-Up for Safety Program

  • Families are provided with necessary safety items (Pack ’N Plays, car seats, electrical outlet covers, baby locks, baby gates, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, and more) to ensure that their homes are safe places for children.

  • Staff members help with the installation of these safety items and provide education and training on safety topics identified by participating families.

  • Available for Allen, DeKalb, Noble, Whitley, LaGrange, Steuben, Elkhart, St. Joseph, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton, Cass, Howard Miami, Wabash and Huntington counties

Lutheran Social Services of Indiana (LSSI)

(260) 426-3347

LSSI South Bend

Community Partners, Gear Up

501 N Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601

By appointment only

(260) 426-3347


Healthy Babies

  • Prenatal Care Coordination (PNCC)

  • Offered to pregnant women of all ages who are low-income, Medicaid-eligible, or identified as at-risk for poor birth outcomes due to a variety of health or psycho-social issues

  • One-on-one interactions between the care coordinator and the at-risk pregnant women

  • Help you get early prenatal care with a physician – many area OB offices waive the up-front cash fee if you are a Healthy Babies client

1400 Hudson St, Elkhart, IN 46516

(574) 522-0104

Healthy Families
  • Home visitation program for parents up to age 25

  • Increases positive parenting skills, health pregnancies, use of social systems, provide referrals

  • Not able to accept referrals after the baby is three months old

  • Help moms have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, and connect them to resources for jobs, school, housing, childcare, etc.

  • Must meet income qualifications

  • Serving Elkhart, St. Joseph, and LaPorte Counties


300 S. Saint Louis Blvd, Suite 100, South Bend, IN 46617

(574) 968-9660

Healthy Families Elkhart County

1000 W Hively Ave, Elkhart, IN 46517

(574) 295-2277

Indiana Parenting Institute
  • Offers parenting courses

  • After-school services

  • Various parenting services

215 W. Madison St., South Bend, 46601

(574) 404-6170

(574) 404-6171 (fax)


La Leche League of South Bend
  • Holds free monthly meetings providing info on breastfeeding

  • Mother-to-mother support

  • Lending library, information sheets, and booklets on all aspects of breastfeeding

  • Has breast pumps and books for sale

  • Voluntary membership fee is $30

Click here for meeting times and locations


(574) 334-7624


  • Over 100 free classes designed to help you grow as a person, in your relationships, and as a parent

  • Confidential pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and STI testing


527 E. Main St. Niles, MI 

(269) 684-6200

Hours: Mon, Thurs, 9 am – 7 pm

            Tues & Wed, 9 am – 3 pm

Memorial Childbirth Classes
  • Take an interactive online childbirth class at your convenience and learn everything you need to know about childbirth, including comfort techniques during labor, medical procedures, tips for partners and much more

  • Three months of access to all class content for only $25


615 N Michigan Street, South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 647-1658

Memorial Breastfeeding Services
  • Free prenatal breastfeeding classes

  • Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) at Elkhart General and Memorial Hospital are here to help women navigate through the world of breastfeeding


Leighton Center

534 N Michigan Street, South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 647-3475

Mother Nature Lactation Care
  • Breastfeeding support and education

  • Does home visits.  


Call or Text: (574) 334 – 7294

Notre Dame Family Resource Center (FRC)
  • Provides support services to married, parenting, and/or pregnant students to ensure all families thrive at Notre Dame

  • Pregnancy Support

  • Free pregnancy tests and physician referrals 

  • University Counseling Center

Peggy Hnatusko
Program Director
Notre Dame Family Resource Center
(574) 631-3000 or

  • Mom's, dad's and couple's 1 on 1 coaching 

  • Mother's club with childcare provided

  • Material support

300 W. High St., Elkhart, IN 46516

(574) 522-4357

Safe Families for Children
  • Temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis

  • Provides free childcare 

(219) 465-7777

Safe Kids Elkhart County

  • Provides lifesaving devices, such as child safety seats, helmets, and smoke alarms to families who need them

608 Oakland Avenue Elkhart, IN 46516

(574) 523-2283

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
  • Childbirth classes ($45 per series, must register)

  • Prenatal breastfeeding class (free, open to all pregnant moms)

    • Ask for Gail when calling​

5214 Holy Cross Pkwy, 4th floor, Mishawaka, IN 46545

(574) 335-2323

(574) 335-5000

Prenatal breastfeeding class times: Last Tues, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Childbirth class meeting times: Tues-Wed, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
                                                     Sat, 9:00am – 2:30pm

WIC (Women, Infants & Children)
  • Food vouchers for expectant, postpartum, and breastfeeding moms as well as children up to age 5

  • Offers breastfeeding and parenting classes

  • Weight-check Wednesdays

  • BABE stores offers breastfeeding and other supplies


325 N Lafayette, South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 234-2360

201 Lincolnway W, Mishawaka, IN 46544

(574) 647-2145

(574) 647-2175

Hours: Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri, 8:00am – 5:00pm

            Wed, 10:00am – 7:00pm​ (weight-check 10:00am – 4:00pm)

Women’s Care Center
  • Parenting classes

  • Classes available in English and Spanish 

  • Material support


360 N Notre Dame Ave, South Bend, IN 46617

(574) 234-0363​

229 Marion St, Elkhart, IN 46516

(574) 296-6603

Young Mom's Self-Sufficiency Program
  • Helps mothers (and fathers) ages 16-24 to identify goals

  • Provides support for personal and family growth

  • Call to enroll

(574) 235-9231

Page Index

All Parenting Support resources are listed here in alphabetical order. 

  1. CAPS (Child and Parent Services)

  2. Elkhart General Center for Women and Children

  3. Families First Center

  4. The Gabriel Project

  5. Gear-Up for Safety Program

  6. Healthy Babies

  7. Healthy Families

  8. Indiana Parenting Institute 

  9. La Leche League of South Bend

  10. Life Plan 

  11. Memorial Childbirth Classes

  12. Memorial Breastfeeding Support Clinic

  13. Mother Nature Lactation Care

  14. Notre Dame FRC

  15. RETA

  16. Safe Families for Children

  17. Safe Kids Elkhart County

  18. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

  19. WIC (Women, Infants & Children)

  20. Women’s Care Center

  21. Young Mom's Self-Sufficiency Program

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