Family Support and Coaching Services
Pregnancy and parenting can be overwhelming, but having support helps! Our family support and coaching services give parents an expert partner in their corner to help with pregnancy, parenting, newborn care, finances, life goals, and more. When families partner with us, they’re paired with a nurse or parent educator who will work side-by-side with them to provide personalized education, guidance, support and connections to other services and resources that will help them achieve their goals.
Family support and coaching services are offered through 2 different models: Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and Parents as Teachers (PAT). NFP pairs first time moms with a registered nurse during their second or third trimester to help guide them through pregnancy and newborn care. PAT pairs families who are expecting a baby or have young children with parent educators who provide support, help families navigate services, and keep babies on track for a healthy life.
These no-cost services are always voluntary, confidential, and built around your needs – we come to you! Contact the local office in your parish for more information or to sign up.
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
Serves families from pregnancy until the child’s second birthday.
- Available statewide.
- Must be a first-time mother.*
- Must enroll before 29 weeks of pregnancy. Early enrollment encouraged, preferably at or before 16 weeks.
- Must live in the parish where NFP services are received.
- Must be eligible for one or more of the following: Medicaid, WIC, SNAP, TANF, or SSI.
*Women may be allowed to enter the program under special circumstances, such as a woman who has lost a child, surrendered her child to adoption or lost custody of the child within first 30 days after delivery.
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
Serves families from pregnancy until the child enters kindergarten.
- Available in New Orleans, Shreveport, Monroe and the surrounding parishes.
- For pregnant women OR parenting families with children less than 24 months of age.
- Priority given to Nurse-Family Partnership graduates and families with children 12 months or younger, with preference provided for families with children 4 months or younger.
- Must live in the parish where PAT services are received.
- Must be eligible for one or more of the following: Medicaid, WIC, SNAP, TANF or SSI.