In 1995, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS), a non-profit social services agency, opened a regional office in Columbia, Missouri in response to an increasing demand for pregnancy counseling and adoption services in this region. The agency itself began as an orphanage in 1868 with a mission to protect and nurture children without a home. Today the agency continues the mission of helping families, children and individuals in Missouri experience greater hope and wholeness of life. The services provided by LFCS are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender, or age. Over 80 percent of the clients served are not of the Lutheran faith.
The Mid-Missouri Office offers programs unique to this region:
The Nurturing Network
Are you pregnant and worried about how you are going to manage? Are you already a parent? Could you use help to become the best parent you can be? The Nurturing Network is here to help! You don’t have to handle this alone.
Things to Consider:
- Do you have a place to live?
- Are you able to support yourself and your kids?
- Have you completed your education?
- Do you struggle to care for your child?
- Is there stress in your relationship with your child’s father or others in your life?
- What hopes/dreams do you have for your future?
- What dreams do you have for your child?
Any parent who is struggling with two or more ‘Things to Consider’ above and has a child under the age of five may be eligible to receive help.
Maternal Mental Health
LFCS staff provide therapy sessions that focus on family strengths and creating goals to help mothers battle depression while parenting their children. We also provide support and therapy for the children of mothers who are struggling with depression by offering family therapy as well as individual therapy.
Any Boone County mother (and her children) who is battling depression during pregnancy, postpartum depression, or while parenting qualifies for these services.
The Maternal Mental Health Program not only provides therapy but also case management to help identify community resources and services to promote the well-being of families in Boone County.
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