Pine River-Backus Family Center offers resources for families

$6,500 spent on family support services per year.


PINE RIVER — “To mask or not to mask, that is the question.”

Borrowing from Shakespeare, rest assured that all of our programming has continued to serve our community during this health crisis.

Our Home Visiting Program has family support specialists who work with families who are prenatal or have a newborn. It costs up to $6,500 per family to provide support services for a year. This program is in its 15th year. Last year we served 12 families with 304 visits.

One mother wrote: “I’m so thankful for you and this program. It has given me so much confidence in parenting and helped me learn so much more. Thank you for always being here for us and making us feel so special.”

Another wrote a thank you note saying “… from deep in our hearts, we want to thank you for your kindness towards my daughter and myself. We really are thankful to you and for your good will.”


We have always believed that to make a difference in our society, it should start with the beginnings of life. Good parenting and community support will help us grow confident kids who know they are special and cared for.

Great parenting isn’t something automatic that we are born with. It takes educating parents from the start of a new life on best practices and knowledge of the different stages of life. We help them build a secure attachment and trusting environment at home for their new babies.

Yes, we make an impact, and you can too by supporting this program.

You can support our efforts with a donation to this successful ongoing program. Just note "Home Visiting" in the memo section on your check and send it to Pine River-Backus Family Center, P.O. Box 1, Pine River, MN 56474.

Many resources for help are available at the family center. Give a call to 218-587-4292.

Kathleen Stephan is a volunteer at the Pine River-Backus Family Center.

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