About IPI

About IPI
Indiana Parenting Institute, Inc.™ (IPI) is a nonprofit family services organization headquartered in Gary, IN that serves families throughout the state of Indiana with children ages birth to eighteen years seeking to improve, or strengthen, their family bond, and to realize their full potential.

IPI provides these families with evidence-informed, group-based life orientation and family management skills training, as well as a Family Resources Access Point, to strengthen their family (and community) relationships, build protective factors, and thus transform their lives.

Central to this outcome is the parent/guardian who is the center-of-influence in the home, and the dominant driver of family wellbeing and outcomes.

Our Mission/Vision

To strengthen parents through education and training, thus creating a better environment for children and families to thrive.
IPI has committed itself to helping prevent and eradicate child abuse and neglect by educating and engaging families and communities in support of effective and responsible parenting, which has been proven via scientific research to protect the wellbeing of children, helping to create a safe, healthier, caring environment for children and families to thrive.

Our Goal

To support provisioning the myriad needs and services families today are confronted with daily – in order to stabilize family relationships and wellbeing so that kids stay safe.

Our Vision

To be the preeminent authority on Parenting Education for Urban and Rural Families.

Our Values

  • Trust, Respect and Integrity
  • Self-esteem, Resilience, and Confidence
  • Skills Development and Teamwork
  • Environmental Understanding
  • Flexibility and Responsiveness
  • Quality and Innovation

Our Philosophy


  • Healthy, effective, responsible parenting is a learned skill.
  • So also are: adherence to family values, rules, structure, responsibility, and respect.
  • A parent’s love for their child is instinctual, but parenting skills are not.
  • Parents are the most critical factor in the social development of children.
  • Children need a secure, caring, and wholesome environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially.
  • Parenting education and training produces improvements in child behavior and parent growth.
  • Parenting is a rewarding life experience, filled with challenges – that are manageable.
  • Children thrive when parents and communities work together to protect their wellbeing.


  • Parents embracing their role as child educators
  • Parents knowing how to advocate on behalf of their children
  • The healthy nurturing and guidance of children
  • Sustainable, effective parenting skills that lead to a core understanding of child/youth development and behavior, and knowledge of the precursors that lead to child neglect/abuse
  • Improved family health and welfare


  • Build and maintain trusted, respectful relationships with program participants
  • Fully engage both parents as essential child educators and caregivers
  • Deliver services and interventions by a skilled, appropriately trained staff, backed up by good management
  • Continuously improve program quality, relevance, efficiencies, and usefulness to caregivers and the community
  • Sustain collaborative, multi-agency networks that enable family access to appropriate behavioral, social, and health services and resources
  • Engage the community in support and celebration of effective and responsible parenting
  • Sponsor and support community-wide parenting awareness events and activities
  • Produce measurable quantitative and qualitative results that improve parenting outcomes, program efficiency, and responsiveness to the needs of children, families and the community

Our Accomplishments

In 2018, IPI was selected to be the community-based organization representative for Governor Holcomb’s Workforce Cabinet.

In 2017, IPI celebrated ten (10) years of service to Indiana families, and was recognized by the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment & Prevention as a Substance Use Disorder Treatment Best Practice. Click HERE to learn more…

In 2017, IPI provided services to 1,070 parents in Lake County and the surrounding communities:

  • 95% of those served were females; 5% males
  • 80% were African American, 15% Hispanic, and 5% Caucasian
  • Education: 35% did not graduate high school, 40% had a high school diploma/GED, while 25% had attended at least some college
  • Median parent age served was 32 years, with multiple children ages 18 and under
  • 75% of the parents served were unmarried, 10% married, 15% divorced
  • 98% had an average annual income of less than $25,000

In 2014, IPI’s Founder and CEO was appointed by then Governor Mike Pence to serve on the state’s Kids Trust Fund Board.

Check out our 1-pager HERE!