Help for Families
The Family Support Programs have professionally trained staff to work with clients through our evidence-based home visiting programs. We meet families’ individual needs assisting them to develop knowledge, skills and resources in order to improve their family’s futures. We meet them where they are and offer a two-generational approach helping their family with important topics such as:
- Prenatal and infant care
- Parenting and Co-Parenting education
- Infant growth and child development
- Childcare, preschool and after school services
- Ages and Stages Developmental Screenings
- Growing Great Kids
- Positive Parenting Program Curriculum
- Budgeting skills to increase financial awareness and stability
- Positive discipline
- Life and stress management
- Community Resources
The Family Resource Center offers programs that are voluntary and confidential with the mission to build healthier families and stronger communities in the North Country of New Hampshire.
Watch Me Grow
- The Family Resource Center at Gorham is part of a collaborative effort to provide developmental screening to all children ages 0-5 in the state of New Hampshire. This program is called Watch Me Grow.
- As part of Watch Me Grow, The FRC uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) to help parents learn about and prepare for the different stages of a child’s development and to aid in assessing the ongoing development of your child.
- Using the ASQ, a series of questions are asked of parents about their child. The ASQ answer sheet is completed by the FRC home visitor and the results are shared with parents. If there are concerns in a particular area of the child’s development, parents may be referred to the child’s pediatrician for follow up, or a repeat screening at a later date may be recommended.
- Below is a link to the screenings you can do at home with your children:
- ASQ Online Assessment
We encourage all parents of all walks of life to check out www.joinvroom.org.
Toddler Time where parents and toddlers come together to play, learn new parenting tips and connect with one another.
- Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 am for families with children ages 0-5 at the Gorham Recreation Department
- Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 am for families with children ages 0-5 at The Family Resource Center in Berlin (117 Main St.)
- FMI call 466-5190 ext. 317
Care Coordination & Emergency Assistance for service members, Veterans of all eras, & families.
- Counseling and emotional support (individuals, couples, children)
- Childcare resources
- Respite care
- Transportation assistance
- Disability services resources
- Legal issues
- Substance abuse
- Budgeting and financial management
- Emergency financial assistance through VETERANS COUNT
- Navigate and access the system (civilian and VA)
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program offers case management and temporary financial assistance to low-income NH Veterans facing a housing crisis.
This program provides temporary financial assistance with housing expenses such as:
- Housing security deposit
- Emergency rental assistance
- Utility assistance
- Moving expenses
- Employment counseling
- Financial Planning
- Healthcare referrals
- Disability claims
- Counseling referrals
You qualify for this program if you are a veteran who:
- Served at least 24 hours of active duty
- Was discharged other than dishonorably
- Is living in economic hardship
- Is homeless or in a housing crisis
- Is living in New Hampshire
The Children in the Middle program is to help parents who are separated or divorced by teaching them skills that:
- Engage parents in recognizing the effects on children caught in the middle of parental problems and conflicts
- Help parents to learn new skills and apply them to their own situations
- Encourage parents to let their children know that the children’s reactions to being caught in the middle are normal and the children should give parents feedback when problems are occuring
- Educate parents on how to reduce the main stressors of divorce and separation on children
- This course is completed on-line and there is a fee for this program
Healthy Families America (HFA) is a nationally recognized program for Prenatal to Age 3 focusing on prenatal care, successful birth and infant weight, parent-child interaction, strong relationships and optimal childhood development outcomes.
The HFA program
- Improves parenting attitudes
- Increases knowledge of child development
- Supports a quality home environment
- Promotes positive parent-child interaction
- Improves family health
- Prevents child abuse and neglect
For more information on our Family Support Programs please contact Program Director, Jen Buteau, at 466-5190 ext. 303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org