Informed, Connected, and Thriving Children and Families
Special Kids, Special Care and NICU Consortium’s goal is to connect with families while still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) so that they receive a “warm handoff” as they transition home to the important community resources and to knowledgeable community providers who are able to provide needed social-emotional support and developmental follow-up needed in the months to follow.
Families of premature babies and babies who need special care are connected, confident, and comfortable in caring for their baby and have access to follow-up parent education, developmental follow-up, and support from knowledgeable healthcare and early childhood professionals
How are we doing it?
♥ FAMILY SUPPORT – By creating local communities of support, parent education, resources, and follow-up, families will be aware of resources to cushion the emotional stress resulting from the NICU hospitalization of their baby
♥ PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION – Through our education programs, healthcare providers and early interventionist will be skilled in caring for both babies and their families after a NICU hospital
♥ NICU CONSORTIUM PARTNERSHIP – By bringing hospital NICU staff, community providers, and interested community partners we will create a community of supports for families transitioning from the NICU to their home and community
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