First Resources

Family and Children Services Program:

Adult and Family Services:

Family and Children Services Program provides a wide variety of programs to children and their families. First Resources began offering these services in 1988 to three counties. Today, services are provided in 14 counties.

Family Safety, Risk, & Permanency Cases are referred to First Resources from the Department of Human Services. These services are provided to families whose children are at risk of abuse due to issues such as family violence, mental health, and substance abuse. First Resources Care Coordinators work with families to identify strengths, increase parenting skills, expand each family's network of resources, and increase family stability for preservation or reunification of the family.

Youth Services:

Life Skills Group is designed to provide interpersonal skills training and other competency development to youth in a small group setting. Skills are taught in anger management, victim empathy, relationship development, acceptance of responsibilities, and problem solving.

Gender Specific Life Skills is a program designed to help young at risk women develop healthy life skills with the goal of enhancing interpersonal adjustment, reducing law violations, and preventing out of home placement. Participants must be female, between the ages of 13 - 17, and reside in Wapello or Mahaska Counties.

Gender Specific Life Skills are funded in collaboration with DHS/ DECAT of Wapello & Mahaska Counties.

Family & Children Services
Director - Cathy Pringle
102 North Hancock Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Phone: 641-682-2800
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