Family Resource Center

403 N. Hayes
Contact:  Heather Kemp
The Family Resource Center is the home office for the Bannock Youth Foundation.  We provide a variety of family services offering support for parents in their efforts to nurture children.  Our mission is to strengthen families and promote the well-being of children through parent education and support.


The Nurturing Program is designed for all families with children between the ages of birth to twelve.  Specific ages targeted include:

  • Developmental Playgroups for 2 to 4 year olds
  • Parents of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers Workshops
  • Parents & School-Age Children Workshops

Target areas include:

  • Providing parents with effective discipline strategies appropriate for their child’s age.
  • Support and skill building for youth dealing with the stress of peer pressure and growing up.
  • Increased respect among family members.

- Classes are available weekday evenings from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  This is a 15-16 week program.

- The entire family is invited and encouraged to attend.

- The cost for the program is $20 for the entire family and dinner is included.

Nurturing Program - Developmental Playgroups

The Family Resource Centers offers developmental playgroups for children and their parents.  Any family with a child under the age of 4 is welcome to participate.

Children are placed in groups by their age so they are able to interact with their peers.  Parents are required to attend with their children and will participate in a Nurturing Parenting Workshop.

Nurturing Program Workshop for parents with Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers
The Nurturing Program for Parents of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers is designed for all families with newborns to 5 year olds.

Nurturing workshops include:

  • Recognizing and understanding feelings
  • Infant and child massage
  • Nurturing parenting routines
  • Alternatives to hitting
  • Child development
  • Ways to build self-esteem and self-concept in children and self

Nurturing Program Workshop For Parents and their School-Age Children

The Nurturing Program for Parents and their School-Age Children is designed for all families with children between the ages of 6 to 12.

Sessions include:

  • Developing family rules
  • Expressing anger without violence
  • Giving and receiving positive recognition
  • Using gentle touch
  • Discipline without spanking, hitting or yelling
  • Communicating feelings honestly
  • Developing quality “time-in”
  • Practicing nurturing routines
  • Using their personal power in positive ways
  • Playing and having fun as a family

This is a 15-week group based program.  Each session lasts 2½ hours.  Class starts at 5:30.  Parents and children ages 6-12 are encouraged to attend.  Child care is available for children under age 6.  Space is limited.  The cost for the program is $20 for the entire family and dinner is included.



BabySteps is a prenatal education and incentive program for pregnant women and their families to promote healthier pregnancies, babies and families.  Families who are expecting or have a child under 18 months of age can enroll in BabySteps. Families may only enroll one time.  Participants earn points by taking education classes, attending regular prenatal care appointment and making predetermined healthy choices.  Points can be redeemed for maternity and baby items such as diapers, furnishings and other supplies.  

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Stewards of Children is a training designed to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse throughout Southeast Idaho. This evidence-based training influences commnuty behavior change.  Our goal is to empower every adult to take action to protect the children in their lives.

  1.  LEARN THE FACTS:  1 in 10 children are sexually abused before age 18.  Over 90% know their abuser.
  2. MINIMIZE OPPORTUNITY:  Decrease the risk of abuse by eliminating or reducing isolated one-on-one situations.
  3. TALK ABOUT IT:  Have age appropriate, open conversations about our bodies, sex and boundaries.  
  4. RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS:  Signs of abuse aren't always obvious.  They are there, but you have to know what to look for.
  5. REACT RESPONSIBLY:   How you react matters.  Understand how to react to risky behavior, boundary violations, or suspicions, and when to make a report. 


For more information or to schedule a training, contact Shannon Fox at 208-234-1122 ext. 10

Treatment Family Program

 Treatment Families with experience are preferred but not a necessity.  Treatment Parents may be working couples, single parents, or have a stay-at-home parent.  The single most important thing is that the Treatment Parents have a sincere interest in kids and the desire to help them create a better future.  Parents  must be patient, flexible, willing to laugh, eager to learn, and do not easily give up.  One parent must be able to be available in case of emergency. 

Services offered to the Treatment Parents by Bannock Youth Foundation include; weekly  in-home staff visits to assist you with your foster child’s specific needs, assistance with transportation to appointments other activities the child may have, on-call crisis services, pre-service and ongoing training as needed, coverage for your child’s medical and clothing expenses, and a generous tax-free reimbursement of $28.00/day.

To learn more about the Treatment Family Program contact the Bannock Youth Foundation Treatment Family Coordinator at (208)234-1122.

Intensive Family Preservation Program

Intensive family support services to foster parents or birth parents to preserve permanency for children in their home environment.  Provided by a contract with the Department of Health & Welfare. 

 Independent Living and Case Management

Funded through a contract with Health & Welfare, this program is for youth ages 15-17 who are still in State's custody and for 18-21 year old youth who have recently aged out of the Department's system.

Family Resource Center Staff:

Ginny Acevedo LSW                 Executive Director
Heather Kemp MBA Family Resource Center Director
Norma Ramirez Nurturing Program and BabySteps Facilitator
Amy Azizi LSW Family Treatment Program Coordinator
Amanda Saxton LSW Family Preservation Coordinator
Shannon Gray BSW Stewards of Children Coordinator



Occasionally the Family Resource offers training that is open to the community.  Most are specific to the social service and counseling fields.  Please check this page regularly for any upcoming trainings.