We are thrilled to announce we have launched the region’s first online directory for families seeking support services and resources in North Kitsap County. The database provides a listing of the area’s service providers, such as pediatricians, birth doulas, family therapists, occupational therapists, and lactation consultants. It also provides resources such as preschool listings, services for children with special needs, parenting support, and crisis intervention support.
“Prior to this database, the only means for learning about services was word of mouth,” said Justine Smith, Executive Director of Peacock Family Center. “There is a wealth of resources on Bainbridge and in North Kitsap but it can be hard to find out who they are, especially for families who are new to the area. We created this database to make it easier for families to access available care and services.”
The database can be accessed at www.peacockfamilycenter.org; it is free to search and to be listed. Where possible, descriptive language helps to explain why a family might require a specific service. If community members need help maneuvering the resources and referrals, volunteers from the Peacock Board and Advisory committees from the various disciplines are available to speak with them and help them understand a given field.
“Often, families know they have a concern but they may not know exactly what kind of service they need or where to find it,” said Robin Supplee, Peacock Board member and a nurse midwife. “The database provides a starting point for learning what’s available, and it’s accessible at any hour. It doesn’t replace human contact, but it helps point people in the right direction.”
Resource categories include: Family Medical Providers, Services for Children with Special Needs, Pregnancy Services and Support, Postpartum Services and Support, Mental Health & Parenting Support, Crisis Support and Hotlines, PreSchools and Child Care, and Activities with Young Children.
Providers can request to be added to the directory by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Banner advertising for local businesses and providers, who want a presence greater than the free listing, is available. Contact Justine by emailing Justine@peacockfamilycenter.org.