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

Families First Center
  • Offers parent education

  • Provides services for supervised visitation

605 Portage Ave., South Bend, 46616

(574) 287-4375

(574) 288-0691 (fax)

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.

kruegerclan@sbcglobal.net

(574) 286-2413

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

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

 

LifePlan
  • 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, 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, 46601

(574) 647-3475

Mother Nature Lactation Care
  • Breastfeeding support and education

  • Does home visits.  

 

Call or Text: (574) 334 – 7294

Kristin@mothernurturelactationcare.com

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 ndfrc@nd.edu

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

  • Mother's club with childcare provided

  • Material support

300 W. High St., Elkhart, 46516

(574) 522-4357

reta@retaforlife.com

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

  • Provides free childcare 

(219) 465-7777

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, 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, 46601

(574) 234-2360

201 Lincolnway W., Mishawaka, 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, 46617

(574) 234-0363​

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. Families First Center

  3. The Gabriel Project

  4. Healthy Families

  5. Indiana Parenting Institute 

  6. La Leche League of South Bend

  7. Life Plan 

  8. Memorial Childbirth Classes

  9. Memorial Breastfeeding Support Clinic

  10. Mother Nature Lactation Care

  11. Notre Dame FRC

  12. RETA

  13. Safe Families for Children

  14. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

  15. WIC (Women, Infants & Children)

  16. Women’s Care Center

  17. Young Mom's Self-Sufficiency Program