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Baby Steps Young Parent Support

Baby Steps – Young Parent Support

Baby Steps Program is a two-tiered system of support for parents aged 21 and younger, living in New Hanover and Pender Counties. Tier One utilizes the Partners for a Healthy Baby home visiting curriculum designed for pregnant and parenting young parents. The young parent and their family will receive at least five home visits, during which they will receive support in the areas of family development, maternal and family health, preparing and caring for baby, and child development.

The goal is to provide layered supports to help the young parent through all stages of pregnancy and early childhood.

Participants will:

  • Learn skills to be successful and confident parents
  • Get connected to resources available in the community
  • Receive an advocate to walk with them and their family through the journey of parenting
  • Join a network of young parents in the community

Tier Two is the Young Parent’s Circle group. Young Parent’s Circle is a mutual self-help support group for young parents ages up to age 21. The purpose of the group is to provide a place where young parents can connect, learn, and be a source of strength for each other. Groups will meet weekly to have dinner, complete group sessions, and engage in activities designed to strengthen families.

The end goal is to build the five protective factors and decrease the instances of child abuse and neglect.

Participants will: 

  • Gain a sense of belonging and relief
  • Become resources to each other inside and outside of the group
  • Advocate for themselves and other parents as they give and receive help
  • Become more competent and confident in their parenting role 

Please email Emmy Gibson for New Hanover County information, and Donna VanVleit for information on Pender County’s program.