Too often, caregivers are faced with having to travel across the city to connect to necessary services. Co-locating services will make it easier for children, youth and families to access the assistance they need.
Family Access Network (FAN)’s mission is to promote healthy children, families, and communities by increasing access, use, and capacity of existing services through neighborhood-based partnerships and service co-location. FAN is a provider collaborative with the vision that all children in Marion County are safe and free from abuse or neglect and their caregivers have the resources and supports necessary to provide a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for children.
FAN’s founding partners includes:
- Children’s Bureau, Inc.
- Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana
- Family Development Services
- Midtown Health (a division of Eskenazi Health and Hospital Corporation)
Available services will include early childhood education services through Family Development Services’ Head Start program. Mental health services through Midtown Mental Health. Positive parenting and social support through the Goodwill’s Nurse Family Partnership and Children’s Bureaus’ Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety (NACS).
FAN is piloting two projects on the Near West side of Indianapolis, with the goal that these projects can be replicated across the city.
- Physical co-location of services: After review of community assessments conducted by The Polis Center, the Near West side was identified as an area that would benefit most from the service model. Currently, FAN is seeking to identify a building location and/or developer for this effort. FAN is also exploring project financing.
- Care Pathway: FAN is developing a system of referrals and provider linkages to lay the framework for its collective impact effort. As a pilot, FAN will soon begin a targeted community-based prevention strategy focused on maternal depression on the Near West side of Indianapolis.