Nurturing Families Network

Are you a new parent or expecting your first baby?

Caring for your baby is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. You are beginning a journey that will be exciting yet, at times, frustrating and difficult. Raising a child can be stressful. Let the Nurturing Families Network program help! Our supportive staff and volunteers will listen and ease your transition into parenthood. We will work along side you, so you can be the best parent possible.

NFN Brochure ImageWhat is the Nurturing Families Network Program? 

Nurturing Families is a free, voluntary service for first-time parents residing in Hartford, Windsor and Bloomfield. The program helps parents develop parenting skills and reduce stress factors in their lives. The program is divided into three components:Download our brochure...

Nurturing Connections (phone support)

Nurturing Connections provides phone support free of charge to all new families. Trained, nurturing staff and volunteers provide parents with information on:

Health care, such as schedules for immunizations and well-baby visits. Infant development.

  • How to find quality childcare.
  • The needs of children as they grow.
  • Community referrals.

This component of the program provides ongoing contact and support for up to one year. 

TheParents' Café Group

The Parents' Café Group welcomes parents and parents to be. Friends and family members are always welcome.This supportive and relaxed environment provides families with a positive group experience. It is a time for socialization, peer support and education. The Parents'Café Group helps parents and parents to be meet others, share experiences and have fun!

Home Visits

The Home Visiting Program is a freeservice. A family must be enrolled prior to the first-born child turning 6 months old. This service can be provided until the first-born child is 5 years of age. Visits are conducted weekly by a family support worker. The family support worker:

  • Listens
  • Knows and understands the challenges of being a parent.
  • Provides social support
  • Teaches parents about child development and child-rearing practices.
  • Assists parents in identifying resources in the community.

What is the referral process? 

A referral can be made by:

  • Saint Francis Hospital
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Schools
  • Community agencies
  • Self referral

trained family asessment worker determines what componet(s) of the program will best meet the needs of the family.

For referrals or further information about The Nurturing Families Network Program please call (860) 714-6967

The Nurturing Families Network Program is sponsored jointly by the Children's Trust Fund and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center