Family and Children’s Services provide family support education and services to strengthen families, empower parents or caregivers, and build happy, healthy children.
Programs available to promote happy families include:
Baby Box Distribution Program – For all expecting & new parents (210) 222-1294.
• Provides a free Baby Box that can be used as a bassinet. It includes a starter kit and a custom mattress with a fitted sheet.
• Register for an information session on safe sleep practices. Eligible for expecting or a parent of a child who is at least 0-5 months old.
• Counseling Services & Brazos Extendidos Rural Counseling – Low-cost counseling services (210) 377-1133
• Offers low-cost counseling services in San Antonio and surrounding areas, providing the support needed to assist individuals, couples, family and children/adolescent counseling. Some services available free of charge.
• Managing stress, relationship & marriage, alcohol & substance abuse, anger management, domestic violence, grief & loss, parenting concerns, family conflict, communication with teens, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, immigration evaluation, adjustment for parenthood, self-care for new moms and more.
• To provide for those that do not live within San Antonio, the Brazos Extendidos Counseling Program is a site-based counseling program which extends our counseling services into rural areas throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s 19 counties.
Family Connects – Moms who have given birth at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (210) 226-3030
• A free community-wide nurse home visiting program for parents of newborns. A registered nurse provides a one-time home visit to each enrolled family and offers supportive guidance of newborn care and postpartum care. Families are connected to community resources based on their needs. Including additional support services, parenting education, counseling, financial assistance, and more. Follow-up with each family to assess for additional needs and success in accessing referred services.
• Must have given birth at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio within the last four weeks.
• Recruiting typically done in the hospital before mom is discharged, however eligible clients can call or email to set up visit.
Guadalupe Home – Homeless expectant mothers and homeless mothers with infants (210) 476-0707
• A transitional living and support program for expectant mothers and mothers with infants who are experiencing homelessness.
• Mothers have a safe place to live and to prepare for birth, as well as have a home-like environment in which to nurture their baby.
• Mothers must be willing to participate in an educational program or maintain employment.
• Case management, parenting education, life skills training and counseling are provided for all mothers.
• May remain in the program until child is 3 years of age.
HIP: Helping through Intervention and Prevention (210) 242-3158
• A free voluntary program that provides an extensive family assessment, one-on-one parenting support, and activities.
• Home visiting that includes parent education and basic needs support.
• To be Eligible:
• Families with a new child and a prior history of a confirmed child maltreatment fatality or termination of parental rights.
• Former and current foster youth who are expecting and/or are new parents.
HOPES – Parents As Teachers – Parents & caregivers with children prenatal to 3 years (210) 568-8958
• Provides a free long-term, home-based parenting education for parents and caregivers who are expecting or have at least one child in the house under the age of 3 years, to increase parent knowledge in those critical first 3 years of development and to promote school-readiness.
To Be Eligible:
• Families with a child 0-3 years in the home living in Bexar County.
• Families with 2 or more needs (i.e. high stress, parent conflict, stress managing child behavior, lack of support, experiencing depression/anxiety, need child development knowledge & appropriate expectations, homelessness, non-traditional family structure) with a child 0-3 years in the home living in Bexar County.
• Parents will receive a 1 hour home visit, twice a month through the child’s 3rd birthday.
• Visits include parent/child activities that provide opportunities for learning through play, topics to help the parents grow in understanding of the importance of the first three years of development which includes challenges and family dynamics that impact parenting, and a check-in on the family well-being to provide support and connection to resources.
Nurse-Family Partnership – Low-income, first-time mothers, less than 28 week weeks pregnant (210) 226-3030
• Free maternal and childhood health program providing first-time mothers valuable knowledge and support throughout pregnancy and until their baby reaches two years of age.
• Program partners first-time moms with nurse home visitors. Mother must be less than 7 months (28 weeks) pregnant & low income to qualify.
• Program yields quantifiable social benefits, like improved prenatal health, improved child health and development, and increased economic self-sufficiency.
Nurturing Families – Parents who are expecting or has a child under 3 years (0-36months) (210) 222-1294
• Free group-based parenting and family-strengthening education and support sessions for parents and caregivers of children up to 36 months.
• Parents will receive a 1½-hour parenting education in a judgment-free, safe environment at various sites throughout the Bexar County, once a week for 10 sessions. Light refreshments provided.
• English and Spanish classes are available.
• Focuses on encouraging nurturing interactions between parents and their children, improving social connections for families and increasing school readiness for children.
San Antonio Birth Doulas – Doula support & one-on-one education for expectant and new parents (210) 222-0988
• Provides expectant and new parents with support and one-one-one education during pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, newborn care and bonding.
• Doulas are available to provide ongoing, in-person support during labor, birth and postpartum period.
• Free services are available to low-income pregnant women and pregnant teens, and their families.
• Childbirth preparation classes and lactation consultation also available