Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
Family Connections Earns Credential
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MASON CITY—The Family Connections program has earned the Iowa Family Support Credential from the Iowa Department of Management and Public Health.

The Iowa Family Support Credential is awarded to family support and parent education programs that are validated through an external evaluation to comply with the Iowa Family Support Standards. These standards demonstrate that a program is providing high quality services that will result in positive outcomes for young children and their families.

The Family Connections program diligently worked toward meeting all of the 139 standards over a course of more than two years with the assistance of a technical assistance mentor. The Iowa Family Support Credential is valid for five years.

Family Connections is a non-profit comprehensive home visitation program for families who are pregnant or parenting a child under kindergarten age living in Cerro Gordo, Hancock or Worth counties.

Through home visits, Family Connections supports families by

  • working with them to increase their knowledge on parenting and their child's development;
  • promoting healthy environments and children by linking them to healthcare;
  • and connecting families to community resources.

The service provided by Family Connections is free for families and voluntary.

The program receives funding through Cerro Gordo, Hancock, and Worth County Empowerment and receives support from Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

Families interested in more information about Family Connections or the services they offer can call Karen (Smith) LaFee, Family Connections Coordinator, at (641) 428-2525 or 1-800-433-3883 extension 2525.