The Independence School District Family Services department is designed to help every family with both "well-family" developmental needs and any services needed to assist when challenging circumstances arise.
Whether getting ready to enter Kindergarten, making friends and making good choices as they enter Middle School, or "launching" at the end of High School, students have particular developmental needs and families face predictable challenges. Special circumstances can make things harder for a student and for parents. Support, information, and access to resources are key to the success of each family in our community.
The Family Services Department currently consists of five major service areas: social services, Caring Communities, homeless programs, residency and enrollment, and truancy.
Initiatives include the Van Iten Caring for Kids Project, KVC mental health partnership, COMBAT truancy intervention, YouthWorks, Missouri school health, site councils (Community School Model), and family support services in the areas of health, mental health and crisis intervention.
The neighborhood school is one place that every family can find what is needed to help children at each stage in life.