Home-Based Programs

Creating stable and nurturing environments for children, parents, and families. 

Creating stable, nurturing, and supportive  relationships and environments for children, parents, and families.
Child First

What is Child First?

Child First is a home-based, early childhood intervention that works with children (birth - age 5) and their families to reduce the stress present in a child's home environment which can impact a child's emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Families enrolled in Child First are paired with a team consisting of an experienced mental health therapist and a care coordinator who help foster a healthy and nurturing parent-child relationship and help connect the family with appropriate community services.

 

What types of Services does Child First provide?

Children and their families (including prenatal mothers) may receive the following services:

  • Comprehensive mental health assessments

  • Trauma-informed child-parent psychotherapy and parent guidance

  • Mental health consultation in early care and school settings

  • Hands on assistance to connect families with community services and supports.

 

How long will my family receive Child First services?

Families enrolled in Child First receive an average of 6-9 months of in-home services. In-home visits are scheduled based on a family's availability. In addition, Child First teams are available during evening hours to accommodate work and school schedules.

 

How do I enroll my family in Child First?

Parents and caregivers interested in Child First services can call Child First at (203) 494-7811. Referrals are also accepted from all state agencies, local school systems, medical practices, and social service agencies.

Enrollment/Referrals
Parents and caregivers can make a referral by calling Child First at (203) 494-7811 Referrals are accepted from all state agencies, local school systems, medical practices, and social service agencies.

Operating Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm M-F
Evening availability by appointment only

Ages
Prenatal - Age 5

Location
In-home service.

Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Yes.

Fees
Child First services are provided free of charge.
System-of-Care (SOC)

 

What is System of Care?

SOC is a family-focused program that provides wraparound care to at-risk children and families. Enrolled families are assigned a SOC care coordinator who will assemble a team of community resources to help address the unique needs of the  child and family.

 

Who is eligible to receive SOC services?

SOC services are available to families who have a child or adolescent (birth through age 18):

  • With complex behavioral health needs that require support from multiple agencies and service providers

  • Who are at risk to be, or have already been, separated from their family and/or community (e.g., residential or hospital-level care) for the primary purpose of receiving mental or behavioral health-related services.

  • Resides in Norwalk, Westport, Weston, or Wilton.

 

How do I enroll my family in System of Care?

Parents and caregivers interested in System of Care can call (203) 299-1315. Referrals are also accepted from all state agencies, local school systems, medical practices, and social service agencies.

 

Enrollment/Referrals
Parents and caregivers can make a referral by calling (203) 299-1315. Referrals are also accepted from all state agencies, local school systems, medical practices, and social
service agencies.

Ages
Birth - Age 18

Location
In-home service.

Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Yes.

Fees
System of Care services are provided free of charge.