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

Community Wellness Partners- Speak Life Initiative 
  • Free pregnancy assistance program focused on ethnic and racial minority women between the ages of 15 and 35 who are either have Medicaid insurance or are eligible.

  • Serving St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte and Marshall Counties.

  • Helping with doctor visits

  • Connects to prenatal care 

  • Home visits

  • Help with food and housing needs 

  • Smoking cessation (Baby and Me Tobacco Free).

  • Services are provided by an Registered Nurse and Community Health Workers who are also trained as Doulas to assist with labor and birth


Contact – Beverly Horton

(574) 440-9027

Families First Center
  • Offers parent education

  • Provides services for supervised visitation

605 Portage Ave., South Bend, 46616

(574) 287-4375

(574) 288-0691 (fax)

Goodwill Nurse- Family Partnership
  • Free program that provides first-time moms with home visits from a nurse, from pregnancy until age 2

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

  • Must be less than 28 weeks pregnant to enroll

  • Must meet income qualifications

  • Serving Elkhart, St. Joseph, and LaPorte Counties


Call: 574-472-7378

Text: 844-637-6667


Healthy Families, Family & Children’s Center Program
  • Voluntary home visitation program

  • Parents must be enrolled before the baby is 3 months old (once enrolled they can stay in the program until the child turns 5 years)

  • For low income parents up to age 25

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


315 W. Jefferson, South Bend, 46601

(574) 287-0541

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


Life Plan
  • Parenting classes

  • Life skills training

  • Men's mentoring 

  • Material Support 


527 E. Main St. Niles, MI 

(269) 684-6200

Hours: Mon-Tues, Thurs, 9:00am – 8:00pm

            Wed, 9:00am – 3:30pm

            Fri, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Memorial Regional Childbirth Center
  • Complete childbirth prep class-preparation for normal course of labor and birth, includes breastfeeding and baby care classes

  • Register by fourth month

  • $75 per couple


615 N. Michigan Street, South Bend, 46601

(574) 647-6801

Memorial Breastfeeding Support Clinic
  • Free breastfeeding support

  • No appointments needed

  • Weight checks and one-on-one help


At Brain works in the Leighton Center

534 N. Michigan Street, South Bend, 46601

(574) 647-6801

Hours: Mon, Thurs, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Mother Nature Lactation Care
  • Breastfeeding support and education

  • Does home visits.  


Call or Text: (574) 334 – 7294

Perinatal Infant Health Project (P.I.H.P.)
  • Social workers make regular home visits with the expectant mothers through pregnancy and for one year post-partum 

  • Offers pregnancy education and resources

  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and nutrition information

  • Breastfeeding and parenting classes and support groups

  • Free prenatal classes

  • B.A.B.E. coupons

  • Help with Medicaid and Hoosier Healthwise

Beacon Community Health


  • 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

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 County Department of Health -Maternal and Infant Health & Well-being
  • Education on decreasing the risk of complications for moms and babies

  • Connection to community resources

  • Stay Close. Sleep Apart. – safe sleep education

  • Life Course Reproductive Health Education

Contact – Sally Dixon, RN


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. Community Wellness Partners- Speak Life Initiative 

  3. Families First Center

  4. Goodwill Nurse-Family Partnership

  5. Healthy Families, Family & Children’s Center Program

  6. Indiana Parenting Institute 

  7. La Leche League of South Bend

  8. Life Plan 

  9. Memorial Regional Childbirth Center

  10. Memorial Breastfeeding Support Clinic

  11. Mother Nature Lactation Care

  12. Perinatal Infant Health Project (P.I.H.P.)

  13. RETA

  14. Safe Families for Children

  15. St. Joseph County Department of Health -Maternal and Infant Health & Wellbeing

  16. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

  17. WIC (Women, Infants & Children)

  18. Women’s Care Center

  19. Young Mom's Self-Sufficiency Program