Our team prides itself on utilizing evidenced-based curriculum to help achieve consistent, measurable, and positive outcomes.

Crisis Response

At hoosier Families Inc., we offer a 24-hour crisis hotline for our families.

Qualified Staff

Our team consists of experienced and creative staff who are dedicated to the success of our families.

In Remembrance of Michelle P. Smith

In remembrance of Michelle P. Smith, it is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a remarkable person who touched the lives of many during her tenure as the COO of Hoosier Families from 2018-2023.

Michelle was an exceptional leader who brought her skills, passion, and dedication to the Hoosier Families team. Her unwavering commitment to the organization's mission and vision was evident in all that she did. She was a driving force in propelling the organization forward, leading with integrity, and inspiring those around her to do their best.

Michelle's contributions to Hoosier Families were immeasurable. She was instrumental in developing and implementing new programs that improved the lives of families across Indiana. Her expertise in organizational development and strategic planning helped to guide the organization through periods of growth and change.

Michelle was more than a colleague; she was a friend and mentor to many. Her kindness, generosity, and sense of humor endeared her to all who knew her. She was always willing to lend an ear or offer advice, and her guidance made a difference in countless lives.

Although we mourn the loss of Michelle, we celebrate her life and the impact she had on the world. Her legacy will live on through the lives she touched and the work she accomplished at Hoosier Families. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Michelle. You will be deeply missed.

What We Offer

Hoosier Families Inc. offers an array of Community-Based services that focuses on the prevention, preservation, and reunification of the families we serve.

Safety First

The safety of our children is our #1 Priority.

Small Class Size

We keep our class/group sessions small to ensure one-on-one instruction is available.

Certified Staff

We hire only the most experienced staff and we are committed to the ongoing training and professional development of our team.

Holistic Approach

Our programming is family-centered and inclusive to the needs of the family.

Creative Lessons

Our curriculum was designed to nurture creativity in all children and parents.

Happy Environment

The best conditions for our families to have a unique learning environment.

A Few Words About Us

At Hoosier Families, our mission is to provide tangible skills that empower at risk children and families to achieve their highest quality of life.

Hoosier Families is a non-profit organization that provides Community Based programs for Indiana children and families.

Hoosier Families is committed to utilizing evidence-based practices to strengthen, rebuild and reunite the individuals and families we encounter. We are committed to the ongoing engagement and collaboration with other child and family welfare programs, including state agencies, to strengthen our family’s connections to community resources. We are committed to go above and beyond for our children & families to ensure educational and judicial equity. We are committed to our hoosier families.

Our Services

At Hoosier Families, our vision is for every child with a traumatic past and every adult who was once that child, to have a promising future.

Home-Based Services

Home-Based Casework
Home-Based Therapy
Father Engagement (Father's Rock)
Homemaker / Parent-Aid
Tutoring & Literacy
Supervised Visitation

Family Preservation Services

Parent Education Class
Child Development
Domestic Violence Intervention
Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention
Holistic / Wrap-Around
Concrete Support Assistance

And More!

Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Program

Our Leadership Team

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

Alexander Burks MPA LCSW

Founder & Executive Director

Alexander Burks is the founder and Executive Director. His foundation is the Child & Family Welfare sector and has dedicated his life to protecting and advocating for at-risk populations.

Ciera Jackson, MSW | LCSW

Clinical Director

Ciera brings her extensive background in individual, marriage, and family counseling, mood disorders, women’s issues, self-esteem issues, abuse, trauma, grief/loss, and more.

Shanika Daniels MPH

FPS Supervisor

Shanika brings a unique background in Public Health to the Hoosier Families team and leads our Family Preservation Service.

Krystal Johnson

Quality Advancement Coordinator

Krystal brings her extensive audit background to Hoosier Families Inc. to help ensure contractual compliance.


What our families say about us


I was skeptical at first, not truly understanding how my family could benefit from this. I am pleased to see the differences in my children and myself.


My caseworker truly helped me navigate the resources in my community. I feel much more peaceful, knowing where to go and who to call, when my family is in a bind.


I will admit my expectations of my children were very high and unreachable. I hated how ugly I've become to my children. Working with Hoosier Families truly saved our relationship.

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