Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County has closed most buildings to the public to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services.
The Nurturing Parenting Program is a family-based parenting program promoting healthy and nurturing family relationships.
The Linn County Community Empowerment Board has awarded the Family Visitation Center Protective Program with a grant to provide residents of Linn County free, in-home parenting classes. These classes are intended as a tool to assist parents in learning appropriate skills to raise their children and provide a safe and loving home environment.
This program was designed in 1983 by Dr. Stephen Bavolek, PhD. It has been widely used throughout the world. The Nurturing Parenting Program provides non-violent parenting practices to assist families in raising their children. Linn County Family Visitation Center Protective Program will come to the family home or a mutually agreed upon safe location at a convenient time for everyone. This allows for no transportation, child care worries, or group instruction.
Sessions are tailored to each individual family and take an average of three to six months to complete. Participation is voluntary and can continue until the family is confident in their parenting abilities.
To participate in this free service, families must:
Live, work, or attend school in Linn County
Have one child under age 6
Have their children living at home (not in foster care)