Waterloo, Iowa- LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) recently received a $3,000 grant from the Grundy County Community Foundation grant to provide Families Together, a program designed to reduce incidences of child abuse in Grundy County.
Serving Grundy County since 2006, Families Together strengthens at-risk families by providing in-home services to increase skill and confidence in parenting, thereby minimizing risk factors. The program works with area families to learn age-appropriate discipline, role modeling and behavior management.
"Families Together helps strengthen parents to give their child a healthy start in life. We appreciate Grundy County Community Foundation's support for our programs and investment in our children," said Nancy Beenblossom, LSI service coordinator.
Child abuse prevention services have been identified as a county issue, with 22 confirmed reports of child abuse in Grundy County in 2012. In addition, there were 46 cases reported that did not meet the qualifications for further DHS involvement, indicating families may have been in crisis or at-risk and in need of support services.
LSI's crisis intervention program aims to fill that gap by providing voluntary, short-term family services at no cost to families with children up to age 18. LSI also helps families identify formal and informal support persons to assist them.
When successful, the program keeps families intact, connects families to community resources, keeps children in the home and prevents the need for more costly and intrusive services.
For more information about LSI services to families, contact Nancy Beenblossom at 641.228.8030.