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CMCA - Show Me Healthy Relationships - Osage
807B N. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203

Services: ShowMe Healthy Relationships Program offers free courses to both individuals and couples.  The program helps committed couples (married or unmarried) enhance their relationships by learning how to build a healthy friendship, manage conflict, and work as a team to improve their relationship.  For singles, the program helps participants choose the right partner by learning key things to look for as they explore potential relationships as well as how to choose the right partner for a happy, stable relationship. 
Additional courses are offered including: Parenting, Step-Parenting, Taking Care of You, Money Management and Job Skills Training. 
Eligibility: Over 18 and not currently in domestic violent relationship 
Fees: None, barrier reducers are given for participation 

Child Care Aware of Central Missouri
105 East Ash Street Suite 102 Columbia, MO       
573-443-5437 Toll-free: 800-243-9685 

Services: Assist families by providing a list of child care providers in their area. We also provide training to child care providers in order for them to stay in compliance with the state regulations. 
Fee: None for families/parents seeking child care, nominal fee for providers for child care trainings 
Eligibility: None
Area: Child Care Aware serves as a community resource on child care for 46 counties in Central and Northeast Missouri.

MPACT (Missouri Parents Act)
A statewide advocacy, information, and resource organization serving children with disabilities, their families, and consumers.

Missouri Department of Social Services
Osage County/Child Support
Paige Martin, Circuit Manager, 1008 Highway 28 West, Owensville, MO  65066
573-437-4188 or 573-437-4189, Fax: 573-437-5776

The Child Support program responsibilities include locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing child and medical support orders, monitoring and enforcing compliance with child and medical support orders, reviewing and initiating modification of support orders and distributing support collections.

ILRC - Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.
Independent Living Resources Center, Inc., 1760 Southridge Dr, Jefferson City, MO  65109, 573-556-0400, 
Toll Free 877-627-0400, Fax: 573-556-0402

Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. (ILRC) is a non-residential, consumer controlled, not for profit organization that provides services and support for individuals with disabilities in Southern Callaway, Camden, Cole, Miller, Morgan, Moniteau and Osage Counties in Missouri.

ILRC provides core services of Peer Support, Advocacy, Information and Referral, Independent Living Skills Training and Transition free of charge to the consumer.  Additional services and programs include Consumer Directed Services, Children & Youth Services including MPACT Certified Parent Mentors and Youth Group, Nursing Home Transition, TAP-T (Telecommunications Access Program), and the ILRC Care Closet.

Focus on Kids 
Gasconade/Osage County Parent Education Program
To register contact: Osage County University of Missouri Extension Office, 
PO Box 795, Linn, MO 65051
Focus on Kids contact:  Kathy Dothage, 573-897-3648, Ext. 4

Contact the Osage County MU Extension Office to confirm dates, time, and location.
The purpose of this workshop is to help parents learn how to nurture and support their children during and after their divorce.  Focus on Kids satisfies the Missouri law that requires parents who are divorcing to attend an educational parenting program. It is conducted in cooperation with Missouri’s circuit courts.

Osage County Public Schools Review

A listing of all the public schools in Osage County with map and contact information

Parents As Teachers
Contact Person:  Betty Herndon PAT Supervisor/Parent Educator
573-897-4216 ext. 141

An early-learning program for parents with children prenatal to age 5. As a parent, you are your child's first teacher and your home is your child's first schoolhouse. Your baby begins learning at birth. Parents As Teachers can help you lay a strong foundation for your child's future success in school. Parents As Teachers is offered at no cost to all interested parents.
Program Services:
Home Visits - Personalized home visits by certified parent educators, specially trained in child development and eager to help you give your child a great start.
Group Connections - Group meetings with other parents and parent-child activities, where you can share parenting experiences and gain new insight about your child.
Play Groups - Small monthly play groups with the opportunity to socialize with other parents in the program. Held on a weekday morning.
Screenings - PAT offers periodic screening of overall development, language, hearing, and vision.