Family Support Services
Family Support Services
Being a parent isn’t easy. Kids don’t come with instruction manuals. That’s why we have programs to help parents and other caregivers create a safe and nurturing place to raise a child.
- Free, in-home parenting support for new parents.
- Support groups and recreational activities for grandparents raising their grandchildren.
- Guidance to help families identify and eliminate barriers. We’ll bring together a team of school, family and community members to find creative solutions, tap into resources and empower your family.
Care Coordination & Community Support for Families
These programs help children with serious behavioral health needs remain in their home and community with easy access to services and supports. We help families identify goals, eliminate barriers, and tap into resources for their child. Families are guided by their team of supports to empower the family and get closer to a ‘better life’. Participation in Community Support for Families is only by referral from the Department of Children & Families.
Foster Grandparent Program
Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. This innovative program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving preschoolers and elementary school students in Bridgeport and Norwalk. If you are 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion with children in a classroom setting, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent. In exchange for volunteering 20 hours each week, our Foster Grandparents receive a tax-free stipend and participate in monthly training.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Parenting a second time around presents multiple challenges for a grandparent or relative caregivers. We provide services, assistance, activities and education to grandparents, ages 55 and older, who raise their grandchildren in Bridgeport and surrounding towns.
Nurturing Families Network
Will I be a good parent? What do I do if my baby cries all the time? These are a couple of the questions you may have as a first-time parent – and you’re not alone.
The Nurturing Families Network can help ease your mind throughout your pregnancy, and from birth to 5 years old. We offer phone support, parenting groups, and intensive in-home support so that your first parenting experience is positive and enjoyable.
Parenting Support Services
When it comes to raising kids and teenagers, everyone has an opinion. There are so many ideas out there. So how do you know what’s best and what works? We take the guesswork out of parenting by giving parents simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life. Problems like toddler tantrums or teenage rebellion…self-esteem issues…bedtime battles…disobedience. We can help parents and caregivers deal with them all with our 16-week program that is proven to work.
We offer a safe and comfortable environment for a non-custodial parent and child to visit together as well as a neutral and monitored exchange of children from the custodial to non-custodial parent. Facilities are suitable for all children, from infants to older adolescents, and supervised visits may include a therapist who can provide parenting advice and clinical reports.