Community Services

As a parent or caregiver, you want to keep your family healthy and safe. Sometimes, finding the resources to help you can be difficult, and we’re here to help with this A-Z listing of local resources and services.

If you would like to update information about your organization, or if you are a local nonprofit organization that serves children and families and would like to be considered for inclusion in this listing, e-mail

A HOPE Center

Trained professional provide free counseling services for teens, young adults and adults who are dealing with loneliness and anxiety due to an unplanned pregnancy.

For more information visit or call one of the center’s three locations:

  • 3630 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46845
    (260) 422-3544
  • 4705 Illinois Road, Suite 115, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
    (260) 969-6633
  • 3701 S. Calhoun, Suite C, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807
    (260) 969-4357

A Baby’s Closet

A Baby’s Closet offers a clothing and equipment incentive program for parents or guardians with children newborn to age 3. Participants earn coupons redeemable for clothing, furniture and supplies for baby. A Baby’s Closet is located

at First Christian Church, 4800 S. Calhoun Street Fort Wayne, IN 46807, and is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. It is also located at Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Putnam Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808, and is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Call the Associated Churches at (260) 422-3528 and ask for more information about A Baby’s Closet.

Allen County Healthy Homes Program

The Allen County Healthy Homes Program is assesses and educates people about dangers in the home that can pose a threat to their families. The division also collaborates with the Vector Control & Environmental Services division to educate people about injury prevention, radon, pests, mold and moisture issues, and asthma triggers.

For more information, call (260) 449-8600.

Benchmark Human Services

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Benchmark Human Services serves persons throughout the life cycle from infancy to older adulthood through programs at work, home, and in the community including residential services, day programs, early intervention therapies, and employment services. Benchmark’s 3,400 employees serve more than 10,000 children and adults with disabilities and behavioralhealth needs throughout 13 states. 

For more information, please call:
(260) 744-6145 or toll free (877) 744-6145.
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CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana)

Offers financial resources for persons with housing needs, as well as emergency assistance for individuals who are homeless. CANI is a member of Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Inc. (CKF-IN), a statewide organization committed to ensuring that all children and families eligible for Medicaid and Indiana’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) are enrolled. CANI also provides Head Start classes, family development programs and childcare, weatherizing and energy assistance.

For more information, call (260) 423-3546 or (800) 589-2264, or visit

Catholic Charities of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese

Catholic Charities is a state-licensed, COA-accredited social services agency that provides people with adopt services, food pantries, pregnancy services, refugee resettlement, immigration services and more in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties in Indiana.

For more information, call (260) 422-5625.

Children’s Special Health Care Program (CSHCP)

CSHCP serves as a supplemental insurance provider and is the payor of medical bills after your primary health insurance has been billed and has either paid a portion or denied the claim. The program helps families of children with serious chronic medical conditions get related treatment.

For more information, call (800) 475-1355 or e-mail

Daybreak Crisis Homes

Daybreak Crisis Homes provides emergency, short-term childcare for children under the age of 11 for families in crisis. The office is located at 500 West Main St., Fort Wayne, Ind. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Emergency placements are available.

For more information, contact (260) 421-5004.

Early Childhood Alliance

The Early Childhood Alliance offers help for parents seeking childcare, as well as multiple educational resources for families. The organization also offers three accredited children’s centers in Fort Wayne.

For more information, call (800) 423-1498 or (260) 745-2501.

Erin’s House for Grieving Children

Erin’s House provides support for children, teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one.

For information, call (260) 423-2466.

Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana

This organization provides a wide range of services for individuals who are developmentally delayed. Programs include education, skill training, recreation, integration and support services that enable children and adults to live within the community at the level of independence of their choice.

For more information, call (260) 456-4534 or (800) 234-7811, or visit

Healthy Families of Allen County

Mother and daughter readingHealthy Families of Allen County is part of Healthy Families Indiana. It is a free support service, managed by SCAN, to help parents with newborns up to 90 days old who meet assessment criteria develop healthy families. You can take part in a voluntary home visitation program, screenings to show your baby’s development and more. If you are interested in this program, contact SCAN at (260) 421-5000.

Indiana Poison Center

This organization provides poison expertise and treatment advice by phone. Professionally trained staff is available 24/7 to offer immediate poison-exposure management instructions. Poison centers are staffed by pharmacists, physicians, nurses and poison information providers who are toxicology specialists.

For more assistance or information, call (800) 222-1222 or visit

Indiana Child Abuse Hotline

Indiana’s Child Protective Services (CPS) protects Indiana's children from further abuse or neglect and prevents, remedies or assists in solving problems that may result in abuse, neglect, exploitation or delinquency of children.

To report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect, call the Indiana Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 800-5556.

LaLeche League

This organization is dedicated to providing education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be who are interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to the meetings and bring your babies.

For information, or to attend a meeting, call (260) 625-2010.

Parkview’s Medication Assistance Program

This program serves as a link between patients and physicians, pharmaceutical companies and/or local pharmacies for the purpose of providing medication at little or no cost for qualified applicants. The program serves Allen County residents and patients referred by a Parkview physician. Long-term assistance (Maintenance Medication Program) is available.

For more information, call (260) 373-3439.

SCAN, Inc. (Stop Child Abuse Now)

SCAN focuses on eliminating child abuse and neglect through family services, education and community partnerships. Services include abuse prevention and family restoration. SCAN provides respite care for children who are living in crisis.

For more information, call (260) 421-5000.

United Way of Allen County 2-1-1

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211 connects northeast Indiana residents with comprehensive updated information about social, health and government services. Simply dial 2-1-1 24/7 and talk to a live phone counselor.

Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities

Turnstone is the only free-standing rehabilitation not-for-profit organization in northeast Indiana that provides a comprehensive continuum of supportive services that address the unique needs of people with physical disabilities and their families. The agency is governed by a board of directors and is known for its highly professional staff of licensed professionals including physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists, social workers and educators.

Call (260) 483-2100 or (866) 483-1278 for more information.


WIC provides supplemental foods, healthcare referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk (not receiving correct nutrition that enables a child to grow properly).

For more information, call (260) 458-2641, and select option 4.