Help Me Grow (HMG) is Ohio’s birth to three system that provides services for expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers and their families. LCC&FC administers the Help Me Grow Early Intervention Service Coordination program through contracted providers who provide screenings, evaluations, assessment, on-going monitoring, service coordination, and transition services to families with children who have a diagnosed delay or disability.
The HMG Central Coordination office processes referrals from parents and community providers for both programs: Help Me Grow Home Visiting Services or Early Intervention services. Providers or parents may complete the Help Me Grow Referral Form and then submit it electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to the LCCFC Office (440) 284-4628.
The Home Visiting program, conducted by local contracted agencies targets first-time, low-income mothers with children under the age of six months. Home Visitors provide development screenings and on-going parent education until child transitions at age three.
Through funding provided by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund, the Council provides funding for community-based child abuse programs and services to include strengthening families programs, professional and parent sexual abuse prevention training, and parenting skills classes.
LCCFC ensures families in crisis (with children ages 0 – 21) who have multiple systemic needs or who have/had involvement in multiple Lorain County systems such as juvenile court, children services, mental health, medical, development disability are connected to services within the County to improve family functioning.
Wrap Around is an holistic method of engaging with individuals and families who have complex needs. This approach utilizes an intensive, strength-based, individualized care planning and team management process that focuses on voice and choice of the family to meet their identified needs as agreed upon by the team.
Each family is assigned a certified Wrap Around facilitator who will guide and support families through the process while facilitating the development of a team of professionals who will work along side of the parents and their natural supports within regular team meetings. A written plan is developed and monitored monthly by the team to assess family progress against goals for improved family functioning. In addition, all families are offered a family advocate who can offer additional support by representing the family voice when requested or when the family is facing various relationship challenges with system involvement.
To be eligible for this service, families must be experiencing a crisis and their child must be currently involved or need to be connected to multiple systems and providers.
Referrals may be made by completing the LCCFC's Family Services Referral Form and then submitting it electronically or by mail/email/fax to the LCCFC Administrative Office (in Elyria, OH) or call (440) 284-4467.