Every family is its own system—a set of relationships and responsibilities, a mix of personalities and histories. Children benefit when families learn to work as a team to support one another. MSPCC has a number of programs designed to help families become a confident, thriving unit.
Support for Teen and Young Adult Parents
Available in Holyoke, Boston, Lawrence, Lowell, Worcester
MSPCC has a long history of providing in-home services to young parents. Today, MSPCC is proud to support teen parents through our Healthy Families programs in Lowell, Lawrence, Worcester, Holyoke and new this year – Boston! Healthy Families is a home-based family support and coaching program that supports young, first-time parents and helps them create stable, nurturing environments for their children. The program matches parents with trained professionals who visit families’ homes to provide support during pregnancy and the child’s first three years of life. Home visitors teach parents about proper baby care, promote nurturing and attachment, practice effective parenting skills, and ensure parents have a solid understanding of healthy child development. They also counsel parents on achieving personal goals such as going back to school or securing a job. Healthy Families Massachusetts is a statewide home visiting program available for first-time parents age 20 and under, funded by the Children’s Trust. Funding through the Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative provides important service enhancements and supports to our proven home-visiting programming.
Contact your nearest MSPCC office for details, make a referral, or request services.
Parent Education and Social Support
MSPCC provides a range of formal and informal education programs and opportunities to engage with other families in group social gatherings throughout the state. We provide specialized programs and support groups for mothers and fathers of children with mental health concerns, new mothers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and education and trainings on a range of topics of interest to all caregivers.
MSPCC also provides support for families involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), offering emergency services, an after-hours Helpline, and programs to help parents and children receive the services they need to stay together as a family.
MSPCC’s parent education and social support programs differ by location. Please contact your nearest MSPCC service site for more information about programs available in your area.