Company Phone Number
336-274-5437

Kids Don’t Come with Instruction Manuals

Posted on: February 26th, 2019 by Kim Radcliffe

Community Partner Feature

Who They Are

One of our community partners is Healthy Start, a program offered through Family Service of the Piedmont. It is a home-based support program that works with pregnant women and new parents with stress factors that make parenting an even tougher job. Healthy Start home visitors help parents to nurture their children’s development and create a positive living environment for their families.  In addition, the program provides parenting support, education, and optional in-home counseling to pregnant women and new parents to reduce the potential of child abuse and neglect.  Services are free, the program offers two parent workshops a year and provides diapers to clients monthly, as available.  They can refer families to intra-agency programs at Family Service of the Piedmont to assist with family needs.

What They Do

Healthy Start is here for any caregiver to a child residing in Guilford County that would like to increase their parenting knowledge and receive additional support.  Their goal is to increase parental knowledge, foster attachment and bonding, prepare for school readiness, prevent child abuse and neglect and help parents achieve their important life goals and learn new coping skills. 

We asked them to share one of their successes with us.

“Parent D was referred to Healthy Start indicating parent was in need of assistance with bonding and parenting skills. The Parent reported challenges with child attachment and bonding, due to depressive moods. Also reported by the parent was that they grew up in foster care not having a support system.

“The Caseworker engaged the parent in case management, parenting education, and encouraged bonding activities with the child during home visits. Throughout the course of service, Parent D was presented with a peek-a-boo activity. Parent D expressed the child would only complete the activity with a blanket, as opposed to her hands, as the activity suggested.

“In the past, the parent would have given up the activity; becoming frustrated the child was not completing the activity as suggested. Parent D was encouraged to continue working with the child providing praise when the child did something favorable. At the following visit, Parent D disclosed that the child had successfully learned how to play peek-a-boo with her hands, along with learning to walk several feet at a time. Parent D has been implementing the in-home child development activities presented by the Caseworker using the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum and Ages and Stages Questionnaires. Parent is receiving therapy to assist with depressive symptoms and is working through barriers to foster healthy parent/child interaction.”

You can contact Healthy Start via their Program Manager:
Kristy Shoffner
Kristy.Shoffner@fspcares.org
PH (336)387-6161 ext. 2288
Fax (336)387-9167


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