Providing Education and Support

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FAMILY, Inc. provides public health and family support services to women, children and families in Pottawattamie and Mills Counties. It is FAMILY’s primary goal to assist parents in becoming their child’s first and most influential teacher through education, empowerment, and wellness. With offices located in Council Bluffs and Avoca, Iowa the agency serves both urban and rural communities. These services are administered in homes, shelters, and community settings. Through its various programs FAMILY works to ensure families have access to the services and support they need to allow their children to enter school healthy, safe and ready to learn. 




All children will learn, grow, and develop to realize their full potential.


Empower families to build a strong foundation and healthy future through education, advocacy, support, and community connection.

Council Bluffs Office:

FAMILY, Inc. 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd, Suite 150 Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Phone  (712) 256-9566
Fax       (712) 256-9916

East Pottawattamie County/Avoca Office:

FAMILY, Inc. 170 South Elm Street, P.O. Box 331 Avoca, IA 51521

Phone  (712) 343-6551

FAMILY is committed to assisting parents in their roles as their child’s first and most influential teacher through education and empowerment in:

Group support and parenting education groups:  FAMILY provides evidence-based parenting classes, support groups, and parent/child socialization groups to any family in Pottawattamie County either on-site or off-site.  A number of researched-based curricula including Circles of Security, and Early Childhood Systematic Training and Education for Parenting are utilized.  For group and class dates and times click here.  FAMILY also collaborates with organizations in the community to provide classes.  For more information about dates and times click here.

Child Passenger Safety:  Free car seat checks are offered every other month.

Maternal Health Nursing Visits and Maternal Depression Screening: Offered when appropriate.

I-Smile @ School: Free oral health screenings provided in elementary and middle schools as well as preschools, WIC, and daycare centers yearly on an as needed basis.

Care for Kids: Calls to families who are newly eligible for Medicaid coverage are ongoing throughout the year in order to support and ensure preventative health services like well-child exams.

All services are provided by Certified Educators

To enroll in the Home Visitation Program, call Jean Bohnker at (712) 256-9566 Ext 205. For questions about the Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Program or 1st Five, call Jenny Sharrick at (712) 256-9566 Ext 203.

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