Family & Children’s Services

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. Pregnant and Parenting Teens and MothersThe Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Program is a parenting program for pregnant and/or parenting adolescents 19 years of age or younger. In an effort to provide support and guidance to adolescent parents during a transitional period of their lives, the Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Program offers site and home-based parenting sessions.

For many teens, high school graduation does not appear to be an option because they become parents earlier than they had anticipated and are overwhelmed with adult responsibilities at a very early age. However, when teen parents receive prenatal and parenting information while still in school, they are empowered and encouraged to complete their education.

Through the Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Program comprehensive supportive services are provided so that pregnant and/or parenting adolescents:

  • Become healthy, nurturing parents who know how to provide appropriate brain stimulation for their children;
  • Learn the fundamentals of child development, proper care of infants/young children and healthy parenting techniques;
  • Gain an understanding of healthy brain development and the importance of brain stimulation for young children;
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide appropriate brain stimulation and will integrate the program into their daily lives; and
  • Demonstrate a sense of hopefulness for their future.

The Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Program offers free group sessions hosted in schools and community centers throughout Bexar County for adolescents 19 years or younger. Home-based parenting visitations are also provided to adolescents who are pregnant or have a child 2 years old or younger. Home visits take place weekly for 12 weeks and then transition to once a month until the client’s child is 3 years of age.  For more information call program director, Enid Reyes at 210-222-1294 x235.

Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. Free Parenting Services and Classes in San AntonioHIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an evidence based, preschool readiness program utilizing developmentally appropriate curriculum and role play as the method of teaching.  HIPPY works with parents in the home, supporting and empowering them in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher.  The participants receive free curriculum, books and materials required to successfully engage their preschool aged child(ren) in the learning process.  The program is staffed by home visitors from the community who provide weekly home visits as the delivery method, and periodic group meetings as a social outlet/networking opportunity for its participants and their children (childcare is provided). Our mission is to partner with parents to prepare their children for success in school; giving parents tools, skills and the confidence they need to work with their child from home.  Call Gina Acevedo, HIPPY director at 210-267-2567 for more information.
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. Free and Reduced Counseling ServicesCatholic Charities’ Counseling Center offers free and low-cost counseling services in San Antonio and surrounding areas, providing the support needed to assist individuals and families with their mental and emotional well being. Working with clients of various backgrounds and experience, our Catholic Charities’ Counseling Center located in San Antonio, provides a safe and warm environment for individuals and families to embrace their lives and develop the necessary problem solving skills to cope with overwhelming situations. To provide for those that may 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.

We provide affordable counseling services to anyone in need, the Catholic Charities’ Counseling Center, along with the Brazos Extendidos Counseling Program, offer individual and group counseling sessions in a number of areas, to include, but not limited to the following:

  • Child-Adolescent-Adult & Family Counseling;
  • Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling;
  • Anger Management;
  • Domestic Violence;
  • Grief & Loss Therapy (Bereavement);
  • Marriage Counseling & Reconciliation;
  • Parenting & Play Therapy for Children;
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Therapy (for PTSD) and
  • Recovery from Sexual Abuse/Sexuality Issues;

Counseling services are offered to both the insured and uninsured. Most insurance providers are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. If you do not have insurance or counseling is not covered by your insurance provider, Catholic Charities’ Counseling Center can utilize an income-based sliding scale fee system, allowing you to receive affordable counseling services regardless of your income level.

Counseling services are provided to children 4 years of age and older, adolescents, adults and families who reside within Bexar County and designated rural areas of the San Antonio Archdiocese.

For questions about counseling services or to schedule an appointment please call 210-377-1133.

Catholic Charities offers two home-based parenting education programs, Great Start Plus and Building Strong Families, for families that have been or are currently involved with Child Protective Services with a focus on improving parent-child interaction, increasing the families’ protective factors and reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect.

Both programs provide weekly, home-based parenting education sessions, offering personalized curriculum and training tailored to the family’s needs within the comfort of their own home. Utilizing the Nurturing Parenting curriculum our programs aim to increase the family’s protective factors, such as:

  • Family functioning and parental resiliency;
  • Social connections and support;
  • Nurturing and attachment;
  • Knowledge of appropriate child development; and
  • Concrete support through information and guidance from family educators.

All enrolled children under 5 years of age are screened for developmental progress, and potential delays are referred to medical or other intervention services as indicated by screening results. While increasing knowledge of child development, parents gain a better understanding of their children’s readiness to develop appropriate skills which will, in turn, decrease incidences of child abuse and neglect.

As an enhancement to the parenting education sessions, both programs also offer monthly group opportunities for family engagement activities where all participating client families are invited.  These events involve educational and interactive components to encourage learning and social connections.

Case management is also provided to help provide resources for the family’s basic needs. Referrals are provided to other Catholic Charities’ programs including the Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, Emergency Financial Assistance, Catholic Charities’ Counseling Center, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and many more. Referrals are also provided for additional social service agencies as needed.

Great Start Plus provides service to families within Bexar County with open cases through Child Protective Services. This program allows for open enrollment, with no referral from Child Protective Services required. At least one child in the household must be between the ages of 0 and 8 years old.

Building Strong Families provides services to families within Bexar County with closed substantiated cases through Child Protective Services. A referral from Child Protective Services is required to qualify. At least one child in the household must be between the ages of 0 and 17 years old.  Please contact Natasha Bridges, program director, at 210-222-1294 x258 for additional information.

The Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary, free maternal and childhood health program providing first-time mothers valuable knowledge and support throughout pregnancy and until their babies reach two years of age. Specially trained registered nurses empower mothers to confidently create a better life for their children and themselves, supporting them as they handle the challenges and experience the joys of motherhood.  Please call program director, Audrey Rost at 210-266-3030 for additional information.
Offered exclusively within the Eastside Promise Neighborhood (78202 and 78208), Parent Talk is a free, group based program for parents to gather and discuss the many different facets of parenting.  Utilizing the nurturing curriculum, our educators facilitate weekly group discussions and activities in a judgment free, safe environment, in various sites throughout the Eastside Promise Neighborhood.  Parent Talk facilitates Parenting and Life Skills education for individuals and family members acting as caregivers to children 0 to 17 years of age, and is offered in both English and Spanish. Our mission is to increase families’ protective factors through encouraging positive parenting practices: family functioning and parental resiliency; social connections and support; nurturing and attachment; through information, and guidance from parent advocates and their peers. (Meals are offered at each session and childcare is provided at most locations.)  For scheduling and locations, please call 210-787-0723.  To speak with program director, Gina Acevedo, please call 210-267-2567.
Guadalupe Home is a transitional living program for women who find themselves without shelter and basic needs who are Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. Housing for Homeless Mothers Free Housing for Homeless Motherspregnant and/or parenting and are over the age of 18.  Guadalupe Home provides safe shelter and support services in a home-like environment for mothers and their children to nurture and support their family unit.  Support services are provided to residents in an effort to care for themselves and their children while moving towards self-sufficiency.  Additionally, opportunities for personal development are offered to the residents including assistance with goal setting and achievement, establishing priorities and effective decision-making.  Guadalupe Home encourages residents to take steps toward becoming independent, while creating a new life for their family.  Please contact Mariel Luna, Program Director, at 210476-0707 for more information.
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc San Antonio Birth Doulas Free Doula Services Free Pregnancy ServicesFounded in 1999 in response to a need for services among pregnant women, especially low-income women and pregnant teenagers, San Antonio Birth Doulas provided new and expecting parents with support in the areas of pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, newborn care and bonding in an effort to prevent infant/child abuse and neglect.

The word “doula” is ancient Greek for “woman’s servant.” In the modern context, a doula is a trained non-medical person who attends to the mother’s needs (as well as her extended family) before, during and after childbirth by providing information, physical assistance and emotional support. In a sense, a doula “mothers the mother.”

For more information on doula services, please contact Suzanne de Leon, Executive Director, at 210-222-0988.

 Pregnancy and New Parent Support Program is a program for women and men who are expecting a child or who are parenting a child under 24 months. Our compassionate staff is ready to walk beside you and assist you in welcoming your little one and accomplishing your goals. Services include counseling, parenting education, and case management – including resources and referrals assistance. Our services can be delivered through individual, couple or family sessions. All services are free and confidential and can be offered in our office or in your home.  Call our office at (210) 455-6105 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  

Learning to be a parent can be difficult and challenging for parents of any age.  Parents as Teachers provides comprehensive support services to parents to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect by encouraging parent-child interaction and family well-being.  This home-based program offers personalized curriculum and training tailored to the family’s needs within the comfort of their own home.  These Little girl playing with toys in a daycare setting, with her Mother or an attentive babysitter. Set indoors in a library or daycare.visits are centered around the relationship between the parent and child and encourage activities which promote healthy brain development and growth.

Parents as Teachers helps each parent discern their own strengths and resources which will allow them to become good observers of their child’s growth and respond appropriately to their child’s needs, which ultimately allows their family to flourish.  For additional information, please contact Shirley Seaney, program director, at 210-568-8958.