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, Jamaica Plain, Lawrence, Lowell, Worcester
Through several programs, including Massachusetts Home Visiting and Healthy Families, MSPCC offers in-home visiting and support to young families. Our home visitors will check in with moms and dads about the baby’s healthy development, answer questions about understanding the behaviors of infants and toddlers, demonstrate proper child care, talk about safety, nutrition, exercise and play, and how to provide children with the structure they need. Additionally, they will check on parents—how moms and dads are doing managing this new, full-time responsibility. Our staff will also support parents as they pursue their personal goals in education and employment, and connect them to local community resources they need. Home visitors are a great resource to learn about the skills and tools that will make it easier to manage life with a new baby. 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.