The Kent County Parenting Support Site (kentparentinfo.com) is a website that connects families to local home visiting programs that allow them to nurture their children’s health, development, and school readiness. Parents answer a few short questions on the website and are matched with an organization that best fits their needs based on their responses.
The Kent County Parenting Support Site was created in 2017 with the mission to easily connect families to home visiting resources. Since the creation of the website, more than 1,000 families in Kent County have been connected to organizations.
“Finding the community resource that is best for your family can be overwhelming,” said Candace Cowling, Executive Director of Family Futures. “These organizations are coming together to help solve that problem.”
Organizations participating in the Kent County Parenting Support Site include Family Futures, Arbor Circle, Cherry Health, Spectrum Health – Baby Scholars, Early On Michigan, Health Net of West Michigan, Kent County Health Department, Kent ISD, Bright Beginnings, MomsBloom, D.A. Blodgett, and Head Start for Kent County. These organizations make up the Home Visiting Provider Network Local Leadership Group, a community workgroup dedicated to spreading awareness about home visiting.
Home visiting is direct support to families from the comfort of their home. Caseworkers meet with families once a week or once a month depending on need and work with them to achieve their personal and familial goals.
“Our Case Managers hear stories from parents about how much these early childhood programs have supported them and were truly successful with the goals they had created for themselves,” said Kelli Doerr, Early Childhood/Fostering Connections Social Worker. “I highly recommend for parents to check the Parent Support Site to see which programs they may be eligible for!”
Kent County families that are pregnant or have a child under age six are encouraged to use the website.