phone: (203) 538-5222
From their website:
Child First is a national, evidence-based, two-generation model that works with very vulnerable young children and families, providing intensive, home-based services.
When young children grow up in environments where there is violence, neglect, mental illness, or substance abuse, the stress can be toxic to their developing brains. But, we can intervene to prevent this damage.
CaringBridge is a free, private, donor-supported health social network where you can stay connected with family and friends and receive support. CaringBridge offers:
Phone: Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-203-1234
2-1-1 is a free community service to help you locate useful local resources, information, support groups and help in a crisis. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Use the child care search link above to search a database of child care centers, summer camps and preschools by city or zip code.
In some cases children born prematurely can receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. This booklet discusses the Social Security and SSI benefits a child with a disability might be eligible for and explains how they evaluate disability claims for children.
Since many premature babies are multiples, a local twins/triplets club can offer specialized support for families with more than one baby. Founded in 1958, MOMs of Lower Fairfield County is one of the largest multiples clubs in the country, offering a wide range of programs for moms from pregnancy through the school years.
Backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), HealthyChildren.org has general information about child health and parenting issues, as well as information about the AAP's programs, activities, guidelines, resources, and more. Here are some articles that will be of special interest to parents of premature babies:
The mission of the Birth to Three System is to strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities. They assess your child and then work out an IFSP (an Individualized Family Service Plan) to provide whatever services your child needs: physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, et cetera.
If your baby is in the NICU, you are likely to experience a range of emotions. While parents are excited to welcome their babies to the world, we often struggle with complicated and contradictory emotions surrounding their births. Use this website to understand and explore your feelings as you adjust to your new role as a NICU parent.
Patient+Family Care understands that there will be a wide variety of emotions, struggles and challenges for parents, and that everyone’s experience will be unique to them. We want to help provide comfort and support to as many families as possible by directly offering education and resources from Patient+Family Care and also provide a list of other amazing resources that are available to families.
Some essential resources, from support groups to informational websites to books.