Who We Are
We are people like you who only want the best for our children. We are parents and concerned citizens of all kinds: foster parents, kinship parents, birth parents and grandparents, child welfare professionals, health care providers, attorneys, the juvenile justice community and anyone else that shares our vision.
The Family Support Center of Barry County is a premiere non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening parents and families with the goal of raising strong, safe and healthy children. We aim to prevent child abuse, ensure safety, eliminate all forms of neglect, and provide education and guidance for abused/neglected children and at-risk parents. By reaching deep into the community and collaborating with other agencies that share our mission we’re able to provide a variety of Family-focused services. Without the support of our surrounding communities, board members, local companies and organizations none of this would be possible. For the past three decades, we’ve helped countless children and families find their way to a better, brighter future. With your help, we will continue to provide support for each family through comprehensive education, awareness, and advocacy.
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Mandated Reporters guide and training
The Family Support Center has new Mandated Reporter Guides available. If you are new to mandated reporting or need a refresher the FSC will train someone from your organization about the guide and the required forms for reporting child abuse. Please give our office a call to sign up for a training time. 269-945-5439.
Burn prevention Tips
Childproof Your Electrical Outlets
• Keep appliance cords out of children’s reach, especially if the appliances produce a lot of heat.
• Cover electrical outlets so that children are unable to insert metal objects, such as forks or keys.
• Keep an eye on appliances such as irons, curling irons or hair dryers that can heat up quickly or stay warm after use. Unplug these items after
• Don’t carry or hold a child while cooking on the stove. Instead, move a high chair in the kitchen within reach or sight before you start. Then talk to your children so they know what’s going on. It’s a great way to spend time together.
Engage Older Kids in Cooking
Teach older responsible kids how to cook safely.
It will make your life easier if your kids can cook some of their own meals (and maybe yours, too).
Teach them never to leave the kitchen while they are using the stove or oven. Don’t forget that the number one cause of home fires is unattended cooking.
• Don’t allow children to use a microwave by themselves until they are both tall enough to reach it safely and able to understand that steam can cause burns.
• Instruct older kids to use oven mitts or potholders to remove items from the oven or stove and teach them how to use a microwave safely.
Safe Kids Worldwide
For more information visit safekids.org