Baby Steps Home Visitation
The Baby Steps Program is rooted in the belief that early, nurturing relationships are the foundation for life-long, healthy development. The program gives parents and caregivers the knowledge and tools to ensure their children are nurtured in a loving, safe and engaging environment.
The program is designed for parents facing challenges such as single parenthood; low income; childhood history of abuse and other adverse child experiences; or challenges related to substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or domestic violence.
Families are enrolled prenatally or within three months of birth. Once enrolled, families work with Family Support Providers until age five or until the child enters kindergarten.
Cope offers at least one home visit per week for the first six months after the child’s birth. After those initial months, visits are based on families’ needs and progress over time. Typically, home visits last one hour.
The Baby Steps program includes:
- Screenings and assessments to determine family's risks and needs
- Home visiting services
- Routine screening for child development and maternal depression
- Supporting parents in setting and reaching personal goals, such as furthering their education, gaining employment or improving their mental or physical health
- Referrals to additional resources to help address the family's specific needs
A parent’s personal resources - including knowledge, skills and attitudes toward parenting - impact their relationship with their baby. The Baby Steps program helps parents develop their personal resources to improve family functioning, strengthen the parent-child relationship, promote child well-being and prevent adverse childhood experiences.
For more information about the Baby Steps Home Visitation program and our other services, contact us at 707.252.1153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miranda's Baby Steps Story
Miranda first came to Cope when she was pregnant with twins. Struggling to make ends meet, estranged from the baby’s father and without supportive family nearby, Miranda felt unprepared for motherhood. She enrolled in the Baby Steps program and worked with her Family Support Provider on setting goals to give her and her babies a better future, including: developing a strategy for a healthy pregnancy and birth, securing affordable housing, accessing financial assistance resources; and enrolling in classes at Napa Valley College. Today, Miranda is raising two healthy boys, has a part time job, is working toward her college degree and is pursuing a career in healthcare.